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New Teenage sensation Cori Gauff defeats Venus Williams in straight sets 64 64 in her first Wimbledon Championships
The world No.313 nervelessly triumphed 6-4, 6-4 in 79 astounding minutes, breaking into tears in her moment of victory.
“This is the first time I ever cried after winning a match,” Gauff told the BBC as she left the court. “I never thought this would happen. I don’t know how to explain it. I’m literally living my dream. Not many people get to say that.
“I definitely had to tell myself to stay calm during the match. I never played on a court that’s so big. I had to remind myself that the lines are the same size as any other court. When we shook hand she told me congratulations and to keep going and good luck. I said ‘thank you for everything you’ve done’ – I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her.”
When the draw was made last Friday it was obvious that this was a terrifically intriguing match, but even allowing for the unburdened freedom that youthful innocence can create, few anticipated the events which transpired. Gauff, remember, arrived in SW19 having already achieved an historic mark, as the youngest player in the 51 years of the Open Era to earn a main draw berth by coming through qualifying. But what she produced here was nothing short of astonishing, and no matter that Williams’ ranking now stands at No.44.
Naomi Osaka, the current holder of the US and Australian Open titles, suffered just the second opening-round Grand Slam defeat of her career, stumbling to familiar foe Yulia Putintseva for a second time in 11 days.
In a Centre Court match-up that was instantly flagged as a potential upset when the Wimbledon draw was revealed, Osaka fell to a 7-6(4), 6-2 loss against the No.39 ranked Kazakh, who now owns a clean 3-0 head-to-head record against her.
“That’s amazing actually. I’ve never played on this court before, I’ve never been on this court, it was a little surprising the shape, it’s more round than the usual square. But I think I did a good job out there, I was fighting great,” said an elated Putintseva