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Venus Williams Knocked Out Of Wimbledon 2019 By 15-Year-Old Cori Gauff

Venus Williams Knocked Out Of Wimbledon 2019 By 15-Year-Old Cori Gauff

Tennis legend Venus Williams has been knocked out of Wimbledon by 15-year-old Cori Gauff who became the youngest player to qualify for the competition.

This was the teen's debut match and the world number 313 beat her 39-year-old opponent 6-4 6-4.

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United States's Venus Williams returns to United States' Cori 'Coco' Gauff in a Women's singles match. Credit: PA
United States's Venus Williams returns to United States' Cori 'Coco' Gauff in a Women's singles match. Credit: PA

The schoolgirl took an exam on Wednesday night and today, less than a week later, she defeated the five-time Wimbledon champion in the first round of her first grand slam performance.

Williams on the other hand made her first Wimbledon appearance in 1997 at the age of 17.

Upon realising she had won, Gauff crouched down at the back of the court with her head in her hands.

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Cori Gauff celebrates her win against Venus Williams on day one of the Wimbledon Championships. Credit: PA
Cori Gauff celebrates her win against Venus Williams on day one of the Wimbledon Championships. Credit: PA

She said: "Honestly I don't really know how to feel. This was definitely the first time I 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'd never played on a court so big. I had to remind myself that the lines are the same size."

According to the BBC, Venus and her younger sister Serena were the reason Gauff first picked up a tennis racket.

Cori 'Coco' Gauff, right, greets the United States's Venus Williams at the net after winning. Credit: PA
Cori 'Coco' Gauff, right, greets the United States's Venus Williams at the net after winning. Credit: PA

The youngster told the BBC: "Venus told me congratulations and keep going, she said good luck and I told her thanks for everything she did.

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her - I told her she was so inspiring and I've always wanted to tell her that but I've never had the guts to before.

"My parents will be super happy, my dad was jumping up every time I won a point. I'm so happy they spent all their time on me and my brothers and making sure we're successful.

Corey Gauff, father of Cori Gauff celebrates his daughter's victory over Venus Williams. Credit: PA
Corey Gauff, father of Cori Gauff celebrates his daughter's victory over Venus Williams. Credit: PA

"I never thought this would happen. I'm literally living my dream right now.

"I'm really happy Wimbledon gave me the chance to play, I never thought I would get this far."

In the post-match press conference, Venus said: "She played so well, even all the shanks went in. I actually didn't play well - it was a contrast.

"I just said to her well done and good luck! The sky's the limit [for her]. She did everything well today, she was much better. Moves well, serves well, good match! What's next for me? I guess the US Open series."

Congratulations to Cori Gauff and good luck for the rest of the tournament.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, Wimbledon

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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