American 15-year-old BEATS Venus Williams in first round of Wimbledon

An American 15-year-old has become Wimbledon’s newest star after beating her idol Venus Williams in the first round. 

In an electrifying match, Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff, 15, beat the seven-time Grand Slam singles winner, 39, on Court One – less than a week after finishing her exams.

Gauff beat the tennis legend, who had won four of her Grand Slam titles before she was even born, winning both sets 6-4. 

The emotional teen, who is the youngest girl in 50 years to qualify for the tournament, revealed after the match that it was the first time she had cried from winning and that Williams gave her some words of encouragement. 

Her father and coach, Corey Gauff, looked ecstatic after his daughter’s shock win on the first day of the tournament. 

Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff, 15, has beaten her idol Venus Williams in the first round of Wimbledon – despite finishing her exams just a week ago

Gauff became the youngest girl in 50 years to qualify for the tournament

Gauff became the youngest girl in 50 years to qualify for the tournament

Gauff became the youngest girl in 50 years to qualify for the tournament 

Gauff beat the tennis legend, who had won four of her Grand Slam titles before she was even born, winning both sets 6-4

Gauff beat the tennis legend, who had won four of her Grand Slam titles before she was even born, winning both sets 6-4

Gauff beat the tennis legend, who had won four of her Grand Slam titles before she was even born, winning both sets 6-4 

Gauff's father and coach Corey Gauff looked delighted when his daughter won. He watched the game with his wife, Candi

Gauff's father and coach Corey Gauff looked delighted when his daughter won. He watched the game with his wife, Candi

Gauff’s father and coach Corey Gauff looked delighted when his daughter won. He watched the game with his wife, Candi

Speaking after the incredible win, Gauff said: ‘Honestly I don’t really know how to feel. 

‘This was definitely the first time I ever cried after winning a match. I don’t even know how to explain how I feel. 

‘I had to tell myself to stay calm, I’d never played on a court so big. I had to remind myself that the lines are the same size.’ 

Gauff has modelled her life on the Williams sisters – moving from Atlanta, Georgia, to Florida to further her career.  

This isn’t the first time she has come face-to-face with her hero – when she was eight, Gauff’s father managed to get front-row tickets to the U.S. Open and she even got her autograph. 

Earlier this week, she told SportsMail: ‘They’re great role models for the sport and in general. I’m super excited to play against Venus. I’ve never practised or hit with either of them.  

The emotional teen revealed after the match that it was the first time she had cried from winning and that Williams gave her some words of encouragement

The emotional teen revealed after the match that it was the first time she had cried from winning and that Williams gave her some words of encouragement

The emotional teen revealed after the match that it was the first time she had cried from winning and that Williams gave her some words of encouragement

Speaking after the incredible win, Gauff said: 'Honestly I don’t really know how to feel'

Speaking after the incredible win, Gauff said: 'Honestly I don’t really know how to feel'

Speaking after the incredible win, Gauff said: ‘Honestly I don’t really know how to feel’

Williams, pictured during the match today, last won Wimbledon back in 2008

Williams, pictured during the match today, last won Wimbledon back in 2008

Williams, pictured during the match today, last won Wimbledon back in 2008

‘My first U.S. Open I went to when I was eight we saw a Venus match, my dad somehow got us front-row tickets. I got her autograph, I was so happy. 

‘After the match she gave the ball kids one of the balls and he gave it to me — I don’t know if she told him to.’

Gauff was the youngest U.S. Open junior finalist at 13, and according to Forbes is set to earn $1million (£800,000) from endorsements in 2019.

Her serve is already among the quickest in women’s tennis. She reckons her fastest serve was 122mph. 

At Wimbledon last year in the women’s singles, only two players broke the 120mph mark: Venus and Serena.

‘I want to be the best of all time — better than Serena,’ she added. ‘I to hit like her, take the ball early like her. 

‘I wouldn’t say everything is modelled around her but if you watch me play you definitely see little bits of Serena.’ 

This isn't the first time she has come face-to-face with her hero Venus, pictured during the match today, either - when she was eight, Gauff's father managed to get front-row tickets to the U.S. Open and she even got her autograph

This isn't the first time she has come face-to-face with her hero Venus, pictured during the match today, either - when she was eight, Gauff's father managed to get front-row tickets to the U.S. Open and she even got her autograph

This isn’t the first time she has come face-to-face with her hero Venus, pictured during the match today, either – when she was eight, Gauff’s father managed to get front-row tickets to the U.S. Open and she even got her autograph

Cori 'Coco' Gauff is the youngest woman ever in the Open era to qualify for Wimbledon

Cori 'Coco' Gauff is the youngest woman ever in the Open era to qualify for Wimbledon

Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff is the youngest woman ever in the Open era to qualify for Wimbledon

Gauff was the youngest U.S. Open junior finalist at 13, and according to Forbes is set to earn $1million (£800,000) from endorsements in 2019

Gauff was the youngest U.S. Open junior finalist at 13, and according to Forbes is set to earn $1million (£800,000) from endorsements in 2019

Gauff was the youngest U.S. Open junior finalist at 13, and according to Forbes is set to earn $1million (£800,000) from endorsements in 2019 

Wimbledon umpires will no longer use ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ for female players

Wimbledon umpires are ending the use of courtesy titles ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ for female players at this year’s tournament.

Women will no longer be identified by their marital status during match scoring in a change to tradition at the All England Club.

Umpires will not use the titles when announcing an end of game score or end of match score.

Match officials will simply say ‘game’ or ‘game, set, match’, followed by a player’s surname.

British player Heather Watson, who won her first match on Monday, said ‘equality is always good’ but added that she had not noticed the change on court.

According to the All England Club, the change has been made to ‘achieve consistency’ for men and women at Wimbledon.

Previously when a married female player such Serena Williams won a game, an umpire would announce: ‘Game, Mrs Williams’, whereas for male players like Roger Federer it was ‘Game, Federer’.

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