Before Cori was even born, Venus Williams was winning grand slam titles, 4 to be exact. But yesterday, 15-year old Cori 'Coco' Gauff took down the cemented, five-time Wimbledon champion. She secured her spot at Wimbledon by winning the final qualifying round at Roehampton, London on Thursday.
Gauff is the youngest player in the Open to advance to reach Wimbledon's main draw. Beating Venus meant a lot to Coco. This was her biggest idol growing up, but yesterday she was a foe, a foe she took on and succeeded, winning both sets, 6-4. This was an extreme feat, as Gauff was ranked number 313 in the world; the odds were definitely against her. She is the youngest to win a singles match at Wimbledon since 1991.
Coco said of the victory to BBC, "I don't really know how to feel, this is the first time I've cried after a match, after winning. I never thought this would happen. I'm living my dream right now, not many people get to say that.
Gauff spoke to reporters following the match saying that Williams told her following the match, "Congratulations, keep going and good luck." Coco responded, "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her, she's so inspiring. I've always wanted to tell her that but I've never had the guts to before.
The Georgia born product, Gauff won the first set in just 35 minutes and held three match points in the second before Williams forced a break point. Williams did not convert her chance and Gauff made the most of her fourth match point to win in one hour 19 minutes on Wimbledon's No.1 Court.
Like the Williams sisters growing up, Coco is coached by her father but also trains in France with Serena Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou.
Cori is the 12th youngest ever to play in the Wimbledon main draw, but will be the youngest to come through as a qualifier.
Last year, Gauff won the French Open girl's championship, which helped to raise her profile. She also made it to the quarter finals of junior Wimbledon.
This year, Gauff became the youngest woman to win a grand slam qualifying match in the French Open. She has been putting in the work needed to be the World's number one, with many pundits believing she'll be #1 by the time she hits 20, maybe sooner. That is a big jump from 8 months ago, when she was ranked #874.
Keep going Coco!!! The world and the courts are yours!!!