Venus falls to Gauff, 15, in Wimbledon first round

Venus falls to Gauff, 15, in Wimbledon first round

U.S. teenager Corin Gauff described herself as "super shocked" after beating former Champion Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 in the first round of Wimbledon on Monday. "I was just telling her that she's so inspiring".

15-year-old Cori Gauff caused a stir when she conquered five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams on Monday but who exactly is the teenage sensation who appears to have the tennis world in the palm of her hand?

Gauff is back in action at Wimbledon this afternoon, two days on from her memorable win over Venus Williams in the first round.

"I think it was great", she said. I never played on a court that's so big.


Mr Gauff recalled how watching the other Williams sister Serena at a young age had sparked his daughter's interest in tennis.

But the blasting serve and Venus netting the return gave the match to Cori Gauff.

Candi Gauff recalled a time at her niece's track practice when Cori "got up out of her stroller and just started running".

Gauff kept her nerve after spurning match points at 40-15 and 40-30 in the final game, plus another on deuce, before wrapping up the historic victory.


Gauff is the 12th youngest overall to play in the Wimbledon main draw, but the youngest to come through qualifying. I feel a little bit. "I feel devastated", Tsitsipas said.

Azarenka, who won the Australian Open title in 2012 and 2013, beat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 6-0, while Pliskova defeated Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig 6-0, 6-4.

The only time that she betrayed the innocence of youth was at the end when she was consumed by the scale of her achievement in beating Venus Williams, 24 years her senior and the victor of four Grand Slam singles titles before Gauff was born. It was her grand slam debut and Coco couldn't have asked for a more impressive way to break into the world of professional women's tennis, even though she's ranked at 313. "I'm living my dream right now, not many people get to say that".

"There were a lot of adults who couldn't handle that pressure, that's just tough for a young person, especially someone going through adolescence and she fell off the rails", Pam Shriver, who was a teen sensation herself told ESPN. "I just wanted to play with my friends".


"I definitely had to tell myself to stay calm, I have never played on a court so big, but I had to remind myself that the lines on the court are the same size. I just didn't have any chance to hit on the match courts, which I felt were totally different than Aorangi (practice) courts".

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