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Coco Gauff defeats Venus Williams at Wimbledon

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It seems to be a season of offsets at Wimbledon as, 15-year-old Coco Gauff defeated Venus Williams at Wimbledon, just after Osaka crashed out.

The American junior tennis player defeated the 39-year-old and big sister of tennis legend, Serena Williams at the ongoing Wimbledon tournament.

15-year-old, Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff, who is the youngest woman to qualify for the tournament stunned the five-time Wimbledon champion on her debut to a 6-4 6-4 win in the first round of the tournament on Monday.

“I don’t really know how to feel, this is the first time I’ve cried after a match, after winning,” Gauff told the BBC.

“I never thought this would happen. I’m living my dream right now, not many people get to say that.”

Gauff revealed Williams said to her afterward:

“Congratulations, keep going and good luck. 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.”

Speaking on after the match, Venus Williams said:

‘I told her thank you for everything. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her’

The Florida born who grew up admiring the Williams sisters is the 12th youngest overall to play in the Wimbledon main draw, but the youngest to come through qualifying.

Match report: Coco Gauff vs Venus Williams

She broke for 3-2 in the first set, held serve in the next game thanks to a drop shot and held the advantage to take the set.

Gauff broke again in the fifth game of the second set and the only time she showed any sign of nerves was when she dropped serve for 4-4. But she bounced back immediately to hold for 5-4 and though Williams saved three match points, she dumped a forehand into the net to hand the 15-year-old the win.

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