Incredible upset at Wimbledon as 15-year-old knocks out Williams
In a shocking upset, 15-year-old Cori Gauff, who is the youngest ever Wimbledon qualifier, has beaten tennis legend Venus Williams in the first round.
Venus, 39, has won the Wimbledon singles title five times, including twice before Cori was even born.
Now, Cori has caused one of the biggest shocks in Wimbledon history as she beat Venus and made a mockery of the 269 ranking spots that separate the pair.
Cori was relentless in her brand of tennis and bullied Venus into submission.
Upon realising she had won, Cori burst into tears.
"I don't even know how to explain how I feel," Cori said to the ABC moments after her remarkable win.
Cori had no idea that she would win against the tennis legend.
"I definitely had to tell myself to stay calm. I have never played on a court so big, but I had to remind myself that the lines on the court are the same size, everything around it might be bigger, but the lines are the same and after every point I was just telling myself to stay calm.
"I never thought this would happen. I am literally living my dream right now, and not many get to say that.”
Cori also explained that she is just happy that she had the chance to play at Wimbledon as she was handed a wildcard for the qualifying tournament at Roehampton.
"So I am just happy that Wimbledon gave me the opportunity just to play and I obviously never thought it would be this far."
Venus took it in her stride, with Cori saying that “she said congratulations”.
"After the match I told her just thank you for everything she did. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her," she said.
"I was just telling her that she is so inspiring and that I always wanted to tell her that. Even though I met her before, I guess I had the guts to [tell her today]."
"She [Venus Williams] said congratulations."
"I told her thank you for everything that you did. I wouldn’t be here without you. I always wanted to tell her that."
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) 1 July 2019
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