In a match featuring the oldest and the youngest players in the draw, 15-year-old qualifier Cori Gauff, ranked 313th in the world, impressed against 39-year-old five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, taking the legend out on the first day of the grass-court Grand Slam 6-4 6-4 on No.1 Court.
Both players were solid in the first set, but Gauff was exceptional, even though it was only her second main-draw appearance at a Grand Slam and on the other side of the net was her idol, a grass-court specialist who has had a minimal number of losses on the surface. The youngster converted what turned out to be the only break point in the entire set to lead 3-2, consolidated the lead with a love hold and kept the high level, not allowing the nerves to step in. In the entire first set, Gauff hit just two unforced errors, one of which was a double fault, compared to Williams’ 13, while she also hit more winners than her much more experienced opponent, 10 to Williams’ 6.
Wearing a stunning New Balance Summer Tournament Dress, Gauff continued to impose her power in the second set, going 4-2 up, and even though Williams recovered to 4-4, Gauff again showed her fearlessness and broke Williams’ serve from deuce in the thrilling ninth game. Serving for the match, Gauff hung in there and despite missing three match points, she used the forth one and recorded a historic victory that brought tears to her eyes.