Published: Mon, July 01, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

15-year-old Cori Gauff stuns Venus Williams in Wimbledon debut

15-year-old Cori Gauff stuns Venus Williams in Wimbledon debut

The 39-year-old smiled as she shook Gauff's hand at the net at the conclusion of the match.

Cori won the match against Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 in the first round on Monday.

Gauff was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but her family moved to Florida for better opportunities in tennis.

Both players are among the younger generation expected to eventually replace the Big Three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in men's tennis.

Gauff didn't look nervous by the occasion, going toe to toe with one of the legends of the game and at her opponent's favorite venue: Venus owns five Wimbledon trophies, more than any other player aside from Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams.

The high school student received a wildcard to get into qualifying, something she "found out last minute", she said.

The Williams sisters are her idols - she told BBC Sport that Serena Williams is "the reason why I play tennis", and that sharing the court with Venus is something she's been dreaming of. "Many people have been like 'do you like your draw?' I love my draw". This was definitely the first time I ever cried after a match or winning. "But I just don't know how to explain how I feel". I had to remind myself of the lines on the court.

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World number 313 Gauff beat Williams - 24 years her senior at 39 - 6-4 6-4.

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her - I told her she was so inspiring and I've always wanted to tell her that but I've never had the guts to before".

"I am delighted that they've chosen me and I am happy that Marian is on board with it".

The roar from the crowd was deafening as Gauff broke Williams in the first set, and she set up a straight-sets victory after breaking the American again in the ninth game.

She showed plenty of grit in this match, particularly after getting broken to make it 4-all in the second set.

When her fourth opportunity came, the teenager took it, then dropped to the court in disbelief.

A few days after turning 20, the left-hander struggled to get to grips with her opponent's game as she lost in the first round for the third successive year.

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