Mark Conlon02 Jul 2019 AT 12:04 PM

Cori Gauff produces massibe shock at Wimbledon

The 15-year-old beat Venus Williams in straight sets in the first round
Mark Conlon02 Jul 2019 AT 12:04 PM
Cori Gauff produces massibe shock at Wimbledon

There was a huge shock on the opening day of Wimbledon as 15-year-old Cori Gauff stunned Venus Williams, the youngster eliminating one of the greats in the first round.

World number 313 Gauff beat Williams, who had already won four Grand Slams before her opponent was even born, in straight sets to cause a major surprise.

Gauff was the youngest player to qualify for the main Wimbledon draw since the Open era began in 1968 and, having looked up to the Williams sisters, couldn’t contain her delight after producing one of the biggest shocks in the tournament’s history.

"Venus told me congratulations and keep going, she said good luck and I told her thanks for everything she did," Gauff said.

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her - I told her she was so inspiring and I've always wanted to tell her that but I've never had the guts to before.

"I'm really happy Wimbledon gave me the chance to play, I never thought I would get this far."

Elsewhere, Novak Djokovic cruised to a comfortable victory against Philipp Kohlschreiber, while second seed Naomi Osaka suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Yulia Putintseva.

Roger Federer is among those players in action on day two in SW19.

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