ATLANTA, GA — Atlanta has a new sports celebrity. On Monday, Cori "Coco" Gauff, 15, ousted Venus Williams, 39, in the first round at Wimbledon in London, defeating the five-time champion 6-4, 6-4. Gauff was ranked 313th and was playing in her first Grand Slam match.
Gauff, according to ESPN, qualified as a wildcard and defeated top-seeded Aliona Bolsova and Greet Minnen. Gauff is the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon in the 51 years of the Open Era. Her match against Williams lasted one hour, 19 minutes.
"I don”t really know how to feel, this is the first time I’ve cried after a match, after winning," Gauff told the BBC, as reported on CNN. "I definitely had to tell myself to stay calm, I had to remind myself the lines were the same [as any other court] … I never thought this would happen. I’m living my dream right now, not many people get to say that."
Gauff now resides in Delray Beach, Florida. She was March 13, 2004, in Atlanta, and her father, Corey Guaff, played basketball at Georgia State University.