At the young age of 15, Cori “Coco” Gauff made history by becoming the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon. Gauff burst onto the scene after defeating her “idol” Venus Williams. Williams is a legend in her own right and had actually won multiple Wimbledon titles prior to Gauff’s birth. Gauff (ranked 313) won both sets 6-4 and 6-4 against Williams (ranked 44). Gauff explained post Williams defeat that, “It’s the first time I have ever cried after winning a match.” She went on to say, “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.”
She went on to beat Magdaléna Rybáriková and Polona Hercog. On Monday, Gauff’s run came to an end after being defeated by Simona Halep who was formerly ranked No.1.
“If somebody told me this maybe three weeks ago, I probably wouldn’t believe it,” Gauff explained on Monday. “But I think just putting in the work definitely raised my confidence because I knew how hard I worked and I knew what shots I could make and what was possible.”
She went on to say, “I’m only 15. Like, I’ve not nearly gotten or developed my game. I started tennis at six. I’m so excited to see, if I continue to work hard, what other success I can do in the future.”