In his Grand Slam debut, 15-year-old Cori Gauff disrupted 39-year-old Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday. Gauff is the tournament's youngest player while Williams entered the oldest.
Gauff, nicknamed "Coco", became the youngest tennis player to win a match at Wimbledon since 1991 – when Jennifer Capriati won at All England Club at. 14.
"Honestly, I don't really know how to feel," said Gauff, who was ranked No. 313 in the world on Monday in an interview after the interview. "This was the first time I ever cried for a fight while I won, of course …. I never thought it would happen. I'm literally living my dream right now. And not many people are going to say it Just happy that Wimbledon gave me the opportunity to play. "
U.S. Women's Tennis Player Cori Gauff celebrates beating Venus Williams during their women's single-round match at Wimbledon. (Photo: Getty Images)
Gauff, who had previously won the junior French Open title at 14 and had to earn his ticket to Wimbledon by knocking No. 1 seed Aliona Bolsova in qualifying rounds, held Williams 6 -4 , 6-4 in straight set. She then added that it was important to avoid being pulled off the stage at the All England Club.
"I had to tell myself to be calm," she said. "I never played a court so big, but I had to remind myself that the lines on the court are the same size. Everything around it can be bigger, but the lines are the same. After each point I just tell myself even to be calm. "
Gauff said that Williams, a five-hour Wimbledon champion, was congratulating. Gauff, African American, inspired Venus and Serena, who grew up in Delray Beach, Florida, and called Williams sisters "idols" in previous interviews.
"She just told my congratulations and continued successfully," Gauff said of an exchange with Venus Williams. "I told her, thank you for everything she did … I didn't want to be here if it wasn't for her. And what she's inspiring. Even though I met her before, I think I had a hard time doing. "
There have been 11 players younger than Gauff to play on the main draw, but she is the only player to do it through qualification instead of direct access.
Gauff began training at the Mouratoglou Academy in Paris at 10 years.