She's 24 years younger than her tennis idol Venus Williams, but that didn't stop 15-year old Coco Gauff from playing the tennis match of her life, beating Williams 6-4, 6-4 in round one of Wimbledon on Monday. Gauff was already the youngest player to ever qualify at Wimbledon, now everyone is talking about how far she could go.
The Delray Beach native first started to make herself noticed back in 2017 when she won the inaugural Render Vous a Roland-Garros in Boca Raton, earning a spot in the Junior French Open, a tournament she eventually won in 2018. At the time she said that her career goal was eventually to be the "best ever". On Monday, against Williams, that confidence shined through. Gauff looked beyond her years in what was just her 3rd ever tour level match. A few double faults may have exposed her nerves and inexperience, but ultimately her young talent took over, beating the 5-time Wimbledon champion Venus, who incredibly won two of those titles before Gauff was even born.
"After the match I told (Venus) just thank you for everything," said Gauff in her post match television interview. " I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her."