Gauff, just 15, shocks 5-time champ Venus, 39, at Wimbledon

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - As­so­ci­ated Press

WIMBLEDON, Eng­land — Coco Gauff grew up ad­mir­ing the Williams sis­ters. Picked up a ten­nis racket as a lit­tle girl be­cause of them. And on Mon­day at Wimbledon, still just 15, Gauff beat one of them.

Gauff, the youngest com­peti­tor to qual­ify at the All Eng­land Club in the pro­fes­sional era, showed the poise and power of a much older, much more ex­pe­ri­enced player, pulling off a 6-4, 6-4 vic­tory in the first round over Venus Williams, who at 39 was the old­est woman in the field.

When it ended, Gauff dropped her racket and put her hands on her head. Af­ter a hand­shake and ex­change of words at the net with Williams, Gauff knelt by her side­line chair and tears welled in her eyes. Up in the stands, her fa­ther leaped out of his seat.

“Hon­estly, I don’t re­ally know how to feel. This is the first time I ever cried af­ter a match. Or win­ning, ob­vi­ously; I’ve cried af­ter a

Cori “Coco” Gauff, 15, right, greets the Venus Williams at the net af­ter win­ning their women’s sin­gles match dur­ing day one of the Wimbledon Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don on Mon­day.

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