15-year-old Cori Gauff upsets Venus Williams at Wimbledon


Fifteen-year-old Coco Gauff, of Delray Beach, Florida, beat five-time champion Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in a first-round meeting between two players with a 24-year age gap on Court 1. She even admitted prior to Monday's action that Williams and her younger sister, Serena, are "the reason why I play tennis". "After the match, I just told her, 'Thank-you for what she did, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you.' I was just telling her she's so fantastic, I always wanted to tell her that".

This is just the second time Williams, who made her Wimbledon debut in 1997, has been defeated in the first round of the tournament.

Both Mark Petchey, Andy Murray's former coach and regular TV analyst, and Paul McNamee, a 5 time Grand Slam doubles victor, have both been quick to point out that they feel the Wimbledon courts are playing the slowest they've ever seen.

The second-seeded Osaka, who won the U.S. Open last year and the Australian Open this year, was ranked No. 1 in the world until last week. Her victory comes almost two decades after Williams, the oldest player in the women's singles draw, captured her first title in the London major.

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Their daughter began to deliver in major arenas two years ago when she became the youngest US Open girls singles finalist - aged just 13. But, as Zhu found her feet and her range on the new grass, the 27-year-old Czech began to look a little out of sorts and produced a few loose shots among 18 unforced errors.

Zverev lost to Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5, while Tsitsipas was beaten by Thomas Fabbiano of Italy 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-3.

A few days after turning 20, the left-hander struggled to get to grips with her opponent's game as she lost in the first round for the third successive year.

British player Heather Watson, who won her first match on Monday, said "equality is always good" but added that she had not noticed the change on court. She also reached the quarter finals of junior Wimbledon.

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