Former Wimbledon champion Venus Williams lost in the first round to 15-year-old qualifier Cori Gauff in one of the tournament’s greatest ever upsets.
The American girl is the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon in the Open ear, and she managed to win against her famous opponent 6-4 6-4 on Court One.
Believe it or not, Venus Williams has won four Grand Slam titles, including two Wimbledon titles before Gauff was even born (5 Wimbledon titles in total).
Gauff said that Williams was “so inspiring” and that “she wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her”.
When asked about the 15-year-old teenager’s future, Venus said that “the sky is the limit”.
Gauff said that she had to “remind herself” that the lines are the same lines, and she urged herself to “stay calm” after each point.
She dropped her racket when she won and held her head in her hands, looking tearful.
She said that it was the first time she has ever cried after winning a match, and she didn’t really know how to feel.
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Gauff added that she never thought this would happen, and she’s literally living her dream right now.
Venus Williams is 24 years older than Gauff and 269 ranking spots above her. However, the fearless youngster played amazingly well.
Gauff said that Williams was gracious in defeat and told her congratulations and to keep going, and wished her luck. The 15-year-old thanked the senior for everything she has ever done, and told her that she wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for her.