15-year-old Gori Gauff has stunned her idol and five-time Wimbledon Champion Venus Williams as she defeated her in the first round.
Gauff defeated Serena Williams who is 24 years her senior(39 years) on Court One.
The teenager in an interview on BBC expressed her excitement after she beat Venus Williams.
‘It’s the first time I have ever cried after winning a match, I don’t know how to explain how I feel.‘I definitely had to tell myself to stay calm, I had to remind myself that the lines are the same lines, the courts are the same size and after every point I told myself ‘stay calm’.’ Gauff said in an interview on BBC Two
The two shared a few words at the net, with Gauff recounting:
‘She told me congratulations and keep going, she said good luck and I told her thanks for everything she did.
‘I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her – I told her she was so inspiring and I’ve always wanted to tell her that but I’ve never had the guts to before.’
Honestly I don’t really know how to feel. That’s the first time I have 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 have never played on such a big court. I had to remind myself of the lines on the court. Everything around it might be bigger, but the lines are the same.I know my parents are super happy, my dad was jumping up every time I won a point.I am literally living my dream right now and not many people get to say that.
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.