Gauff wasn’t even born by the time Venus Williams had won four grand slams.
15-year-old American Cori Gauff downed the five-time Wimbledon champion on her debut in the tournament Monday.
Gauff, nicknamed “Coco,” is the youngest player in the Open era to advance through qualifying to reach Wimbledon’s main draw. She wasn’t content to stop there and beat the 39-year-old Williams 6-4 6-4 in their first-round clash at the All England Club.
Goff revealed Williams said to her afterward: “Congratulations, keep going and good luck. I just told her I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her; she’s so inspiring.”
“I never thought this would happen. I’m living my dream right now; not many people get to say that,” Gauff said.