American junior tennis player, Coco Gauff has just defeated, Venus Williams, 39, the big sister of tennis legend, Serena Williams at the ongoing Wimbledon tournament.
The 15-year-old who is the youngest woman to qualify for the tournament stunned the five-time Wimbledon champion on her debut to a 6-4 6-4 win in the first round of the tournament on Monday.
“She put the ball in the court, which was much better than I did. She served well, moved well. It was a great match for her,” Williams said of her opponent after the match.
Gauff, who was born on March 13, 2004, was not even born when Williams reached her four of nine Wimbledon finals.
“Playing one of the greatest players of all time is a dream – I’m excited to see how I do,” Gauff told BBC before her match against Williams.
The high school student received a wildcard to get into qualifying, something she “found out last minute,” she said. “I wasn’t even packed to come here so it’s just crazy how life can turn around in a second.”
Speaking about Williams’ storied career, the young star shared, “I don’t think of Venus as old – she’s still killing the game right now. It’s crazy to show her longevity — that’s how I look at it. I hope I’m still playing and doing well at 39.”
The Florida born who grew up admiring the Williams sisters is the 12th youngest overall to play in the Wimbledon main draw, but the youngest to come through qualifying.
Honestly I don’t really know how to feel. That’s the first time I have ever cried after winning a match. I don’t even know how to explain how I feel.
I had to tell myself to stay calm, I have never played on such a big court. I had to remind myself of the lines on the court. Everything around it might be bigger, but the lines are the same.
She just told me congratulations and to keep going and good luck. I told her thank you for everything. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her, she is so inspiring and I always wanted to tell her that, even though I met her before I didn’t have the guts to tell her then.
I know my parents are super happy, my dad was jumping up every time I won a point.
I am literally living my dream right now and not many people get to say that.