Cori “Coco” Gauff, 15, faced off against her idol Venus Williams at Wimbledon during her tournament debut.
She beat the 39-year-old Williams 6-4 in their first-round clash at the All England Club.
The 39-year-old Williams is considered Wimbledon royalty as she has been part of the All England Club family for over two decades – having won the singles title five times – including twice before Gauff was even born.
“I was just telling her that she is so inspiring and that I always wanted to tell her that. I met her before, but I didn’t really have the guts to say anything,” Gauff said.
Gauff is the 12th youngest overall to play in the Wimbledon main draw, but the youngest to come through qualifying. She is also the youngest player to win a singles match at Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991.
Gauff trains near Nice, France at the academy of Patrick Mouratoglou, who coaches Serena Williams.
“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,” Gauff said.
In 2017, a then-13- year-old Gauff told CNN, “Overall, I want to be the best I can be and be the greatest,” after becoming the youngest player to appear in a US Open junior final. Her current 301st WTA singles ranking has climbed sharply from 874 eight months ago.