American qualifier Cori “Coco” Gauff continued her history-making Wimbledon run in a dramatic way, stunning five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the opening round of her Grand Slam debut, 6-4, 6-4..
Last week Gauff, aged 15, made good on a qualifying wildcard and tore through the draw without dropping a set, knocking out top seed Aliona Bolsova and Greet Minnen along the way. After becoming the youngest player ever to qualify for Wimbledon in the Open Era, she told press that her dream first-round encounter would be to take on either Williams sister – and a day later, the unveiled draw had her pitted against former champion Venus.
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.
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