Published: Sat, June 29, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wimbledon 2019: Youngster Cori Gauff drawn to face Venus Williams

Wimbledon 2019: Youngster Cori Gauff drawn to face Venus Williams

Williams is a tough draw for Gauff, with seven Grand Slam titles to her name and more career earnings than any other women's tennis player except her sister, Serena.

Gauff could perhaps be the first 15-one year-veteran in the important plan since Britain's Laura Robson in 2009.

At 15 years and four months, Cori Gauff has become the youngest person ever in the Open Era of tennis to qualify for the main Wimbledon draw.

"I knew I modified into the underdog and I modified into appropriate enjoying it", she stated after her third straight keep of residing victory at Roehampton. "I just will try to stay calm".

Fifteen-year-old qualifier Cori Gauff will face five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon, where Ashleigh Barty's route to the final could be strewn with former champions.

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At age 15, Gauff has already established herself as one of professional tennis' most marketable young stars.

And whilst she may be making history out on the courts, she is still a school student and the night before her final Wimbledon Qualifying round, the 15-year-old sat her science test remotely for her school in Florida at 11pm - she said she was rather confident she would get a "B" for it.

The 2019 Wimbledon women's singles tournament begins on July 1 at the All-England Club.

She lost to Amanda Anisimova on that occasion in 2017 but won last year's French Open girls' singles and the junior US Open doubles.

The American starlet was invited to the qualifiers as a wildcard last week but won all three of her qualifying games with relative ease to book her place in the main competition. The pair did battle again in Miami this year, with Gauff claiming her first match win at the elite premier mandatory tournament level. She won three of the four majors and nearly completed the Golden Slam in 1997, when only a defeat in the French Open final stopped her from completing the quadruple. My parents always told me to shoot as high as I wanted to.

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