Venus falls to Gauff, 15, in Wimbledon first round
Jul 04 2019
For Gauff, this first victory at the legendary All England Lawn, Tennis & Croquet Club, was extra special since she has idolized Venus and Serena since she was 6-years-old and her father bought her a pink racquet.
"Venus told me congratulations and keep going, she said good luck and I told her thanks for everything she did", Gauff said after the match. My dad told me that I could do this when I was 8.
Cori "Coco" Gauff, a 15-year-old tennis player and high school student, has defeated seven-time Grand Slam singles victor Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 on the first day of Wimbledon.
"They're the reason why I wanted to pick up a tennis racket", Gauff said of Venus and her younger sister, Serena. Gauff will play Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova - 15 years her senior - in the second round, and the youngster would be expected to build on Monday's performance.
"It is the best I have felt since February", she said. I think it was an wonderful situation, to play somebody 23 or 24 years older. I think she played great yesterday. Gauff at 15 is the youngest woman to ever qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon.
Gauff, though, said there is another side of her when she is off the court. I really can't take any credit for anything. Before that. only one teacher knew I play tennis, and I don't think they knew I was pro. Gauff, who had just won the first grand slam match of her career, shrugged: "My goal is to win it".
Showing no signs of slowing down, March 2019 allowed Gauff to pick up her first-ever WTA match-win against Caty McNally.
"It finally has clicked in with her that if you just take one point at a time, one stroke at a time, one game at a time and just focus, breathe, move around and everything will come together", Candi Gauff said.
And for the first time she did, the 15-year-old completed one of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history - defeating 39-year-old and five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the first round of the tournament.
The teenager was quite clearly and understandably overcome with emotion, and knelt against her racquet on the side of the court to let the moment sink in, as wave after wave of a much-deserved standing ovation washed over her. I'm literally living my dream right now.
"I wasn't surprised that I won, I was just overwhelmed at the end".
"Well, I said this year it's a chill year and I'm not putting pressure on myself", she said.