Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams beaten by 15-year-old Cori Gauff
28 October 2019
The World No. 313 stole the show at Wimbledon by upsetting fellow countrywoman Venus Williams in her first main-draw match at a major in one hour and 19 minutes.
Cori Gauff stunned her idol and five-time champion Venus Williams with straight sets victory in the first round of Wimbledon. The American overcame the 24-year age gap to defeat Williams on her tournament debut.
The 15-year-old American became the youngest qualifier at the All England Club in the Open Era and she faced one of her heroes, Venus Williams, on the first day of the tournament - and won.
The former World No. 1, Venus Williams is considered Wimbledon royalty as she has been part of the All England Club family for over two decades having won the singles title five times, including twice before her compatriot was even born. But the 39-year-old was unable to live with Gauff, who became the youngest female to win a singles match at Wimbledon since 1991.
At the age of 39 and ranked number 44 in the world, Venus Williams is the oldest female player in the women’s singles draw and has five Wimbledon titles under her belt.
Atlanta-born Cori Gauff known as Coco grew up admiring the Williams sisters and described her first-round draw against Venus as a “dream” admitting that Venus and Serena were “the reason why I play tennis”.
Asked what Williams said to her after the match, Gauff revealed:
“She just told me congratulations and to keep going and good luck.”
“After the match I told her thank you for everything that you did, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her and I was just telling her that she's so inspiring. I always wanted to tell her that.”
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The World No. 1, Novak Djokovic started the defence of his Wimbledon title with straight sets victory over German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Kevin Anderson and Stan Wawrinka also won in straight sets.
On Court 1, world No. 124 Jiri Vesely beat world No. 5 Alexander Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 5-7.
Meanwhile on Court 2, world No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas was also crashed out in a five-set thriller against Italy's Thomas Fabbiano.
A shock in the ladies’ draw occurred on Monday as seed No. 2, Naomi Osaka, was beaten 6-7, 2-6 by world No. 39, Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva. The Japanese cut her press conference short as the two-time major champion was “about to cry”.
World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova booked a spot in the second round of Wimbledon by beating Lin Zhu 6-2, 7-6.
French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova was knocked out in the first round by American Madison Brengle.
Seventh seed Simona Halep fell awkwardly during her encounter with Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich. The former World No.1, who has made the quarter-finals twice and the semi-finals once, managed to battle pass tricky Sasnovich 6-4 7-5.
Eighth seed Elina Svitolina, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka and Madison Keys all moved safely through to round two of Wimbledon.