Published: Wed, July 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Cori Gauff, The Youngest Player To Qualify For Wimbledon, Defeats Venus Williams

Cori Gauff, The Youngest Player To Qualify For Wimbledon, Defeats Venus Williams

On Monday afternoon, Williams faced the latest player she has influenced, Cori Gauff. It's the first time I have ever cried after winning a match, I don't know how to explain how I feel, ' Gauff told the BBC afterwards.

"I wasn't much of a team person", she said during an interview in 2017. I'm literally living my dream right now. This one played a tennis match at Wimbledon against Venus Williams - and won. "On the walk to the court, I was walking behind her". And on Monday at Wimbledon, still just 15, Gauff beat one of them.

He added: "Its good to see that she can still compete and she's still a well balanced young lady, still humble, she still appreciates people saying hello and always speaks back, so those things make me feel good, to see all that come together". She displayed the same unusually calm and steady way she has progressed through the various levels of youth tennis, including reaching the US Open junior final at 13 and winning the French Open junior title at 14. It looked like she was finally getting into her groove, but Gauff would suddenly flip the match on its head once more, and go on to take her second straight set.

Her mom said she has been working on her composure and ability to focus "for a long time", which helped her notch the win against the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion.

See highlights from Cori Gauff's match against Venus Williams below.

On her victory, Coco Gauff says she's still in disbelief.

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If nothing else, this prevents confusion between Coco and her coach and father, Corey. "It was a great match for her". I thought she handled it great.

Gauff produced an astonishing performance on the renovated No.1 Court and the world number 313 was reduced to tears after dumping out 39-year-old Williams.

She won 6-4, 6-4 in a seismic shock which will reverberate around the world of tennis.

Oh, and by the way - Cori is just 15-years-old. Some of the girls had never played the game before picking up a racket on Tuesday.

World No 2 Naomi Osaka also tasted defeat in her first-round clash against Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva.

Gauff was a wildcard entry into the Wimbledon main draw, and she was mindful to thank the organisers for giving her this chance. The US and Australian Open champion struggled throughout the match and also revealed that she was about to breakdown after her match on Centre Court.

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