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Cori Gauff pulls off stunning Wimbledon upset over Venus Williams - 'I want to be the greatest'

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 2 Jul 2019
  • Cori Gauff, 15, produced a sensational display to defeat five-time champion Venus Williams in straight sets at Wimbledon on Monday
  • Already the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon in the Open Era, Gauff is the youngest winner in the main draw since Jennifer Capriati in 1991
Cori Gauff reacts after beating Venus Williams at Wimbledon (PA Images)

Teenage sensation Cori Gauff produced a magical Wimbledon moment on Monday, knocking out five-time champion Venus Williams in straight sets in the opening round.

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Less than a week after becoming the youngest player in the Open Era to qualify for the Wimbledon main draw at just 15 years of age, Gauff created more history in her Grand Slam debut on Monday, conquering her idol Venus by a 6-4 6-4 scoreline. The American, who received a wildcard into qualifying and took a school exam last week, is now the youngest winner at Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991 and the youngest winner in a major main draw since Anna Kournikova at the 1996 U.S. Open.

Venus Williams and Cori Gauff shake hands (PA Images)
After securing her spot in the Wimbledon main draw, Gauff said her dream opponent in the first round would be either of the Williams sisters, who she grew up adoring, and after getting her wish, the rising phenom put together a spectacular performance to hand Venus just her second opening round exit at The Championships since her debut in 1997.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her,” Gauff revealed when asked what she said to Venus at the net after the match.
“And I was just telling her that she’s so inspiring. Like, I always wanted to tell her that. And even though I met her before, I guess now I have the guts to.”

Venus turned professional 10 years before Gauff was born and had already spent time at No. 1 and won four of her seven Grand Slam singles titles.

But it was Gauff who looked every bit of the composed veteran rather than the inexperienced teenager, calmly closing out the match in front of a packed No. 1 Court.



And in her press conference, she showcased even more of her ambitious and champion mindset.

“I said this before: I want to be the greatest,” Gauff said. "My dad told me that I could do this when I was eight. Obviously you never believe it. I'm still, like, not 100% confident, but you have to just say things. 
“You never know what happens. If I went into this match saying, ‘Let's see how many games I can get against her,’ then I most definitely would not have won. My goal was to play my best. My dream was to win. That's what happened.”

Gauff, who made the U.S. Open junior final when she was 13 and won the junior French Open title last year at 14, goes on to face 2017 Wimbledon semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova in the second round.

Rybarikova won just her fifth tour-level match of the season earlier on Monday, taking out 10th seed Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets.


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Cori Gauff pulls off stunning Wimbledon upset over Venus Williams - "I want to be the greatest"

Teenage sensation Cori Gauff produced a magical Wimbledon moment on Monday, knocking out five-time champion Venus Williams in straight sets in the opening round.

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