Cori “Coco” Gauff, 15, made history just by playing yesterday as the youngest to qualify for the tournament in the Open era — but she made her debut epic by ousting the five-time Wimbledon champ 6-4, 6-4. Gauff says Williams, coincidentally the oldest woman in the competition at 39, and her sister Serena have been her inspiration. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her,” she said of Venus after the match.
How far can Gauff go? That’s hard to say, but the Florida teen definitely won’t face second seed and fellow upstart Naomi Osaka, who fell in the first round to Yulia Putintseva 7-6 (4), 6-2.