Saturday, May 18, 2024

Venus Williams Gets Upset by 15-Yr-Old (Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff) At Wimbledon – WATCH

*We can only wonder if the thought of hanging up her tennis shoes ever entered Venus Williams‘ mind? We’re wondering out loud ’cause it’s been a long, long time since Williams won a tournament and today she was eliminated by a teenager!

That teen is 15-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff whose already building her bona fides in the tennis world. For example, last year at the Wimbledon junior tournament, Gauff, then 14, broke 120 mph on serve in her quarterfinal match.

Deadspin’s Giri Nathan noted that what the youngster did wasn’t just a feat within her age group.

“It would’ve been good for the third-fastest serve in the entire Wimbledon women’s tournament that year. The only two to serve faster were Serena and Venus Williams, who hit 125 and 123 mph, respectively.”

Fast forward to today, one year later, and Gauff, a year older, found herself playing with the adults and one of her idols in the first round. We’re of course speaking of 39-year-old Venus Williams, who by the way, we should remind you, has won five of her seven majors at Wimbledon.

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“I had to tell myself to stay calm, I’d never played on a court so big. I had to remind myself that the lines are the same size,” Gauff said after her 6-4, 6-4 upset, her first-ever victory at a major. There will be more coming, and it would be difficult to design a first-time win with more built-in narrative firepower.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her,” Gauff said of Venus, minutes after leaving the court. “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.”

So, the question is does Venus have enough in the tank to compete these days? So what do you think? Let us know via the messageboard.

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