Wimbledon 2019: Venus Williams loses against 15-year Gauff
Fifteen-year-old American Cori Gauff wrote Wimbledon history: In round one, she defeated 24-year-old Venus Williams 6: 4, 6: 4.
"I'm excited to compete against one of the best tennis players of all time," the number 313 in the world had said before the match, and there was no sign of it on the pitch.
Williams, who had already won twice at Wimbledon when Gauff was out of the world, was as surprised by the young challenger's impact force as she was by her punchy game. The five-time Wimbledon winner always made simple mistakes in critical phases - after she was able to fend off the first three match points, Gauff turned the fourth against her role model.
Victory against Idol Venus
7 imagesCori Gauff: The fairytale in the first round
"Serena and Venus have always been idols to me, they are the reason why I wanted to pick up a tennis racket," she said in the run-up to the match. Williams, who retired only for the second time since her 1997 Wimbledon debut in the first round, was full of praise for her opponent after the match: "It was a great match from her." And when asked about Gauff's future, she said, "The sky is the limit."
Her next opponent is Polona Hercog from Slovenia. "I live my dream at the moment," said Gauff, who shed tears of joy after the match-ball, "I never thought I would come this far."
Osaka also loses
After Naomi Osaka had never made it past the third round so far, it should work this year with the big hit. But after a 6: 7 (4: 7), 2: 6 against Kazakh-playing Russian Julia Putinzewa, the tournament for the 21-year-old Japanese is already over.
Osaka is the first number one or two seeded player since 2001 losing their opening match in London. Sandpit specialist Putinzewa, number 39 in the world, has never made it past the second round of her previous five Wimbledon appearances.
Also for French Open Specialist Marketa Vondrousova is surprising ending. The Czech defeated the US-American Madison Brengle 4: 6, 4: 6.
Previously, the German participants Anna-Lena Friedsam (4: 6, 4: 6 against Margarita Gasparjan) and Mona Barthel (3: 6, 3: 6 against Marie Bouzková) were already eliminated. On Tuesday there will be a duel between last year's winner and Tatjana Maria.