Imagine being 15 years old and on one of the biggest stages in your profession, facing your idol; that was reality for 15 year old tennis sensation Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff. The young phenom stunned everyone when she defeated tennis great and 5 time Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams in her tournament debut on Monday (6-4.6-4).
“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 told the BBC.
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After the match, Williams had some kind words of encouragement for Gauff as she explains, “Congratulations, keep going and good luck.” She continues, “I just told her 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. 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.”