The very young Cori Gauff continues to make history at Wimbledon. At 15 years old, and after becoming the youngest player to qualify for the final picture of the British great, in her debut she has imposed on Monday the winner of seven great Venus Williams (6-4 and 6-4) , and has qualified for the second round. "I can not even explain how I feel," said Gauff, trembling, just after defeating the eldest of the Williams sisters in an encounter that she drove with amazing safety from the start. He did not hesitate even when with 4-4 in the second set, Venus was placed with advantage. He endured, re-established himself and placed 5-4 with his service.
There, on the verge of the feat, he had two match balls before Williams came back to the deuce and put himself even with advantage. He also resisted, and in the fourth ball that he had to win, he knocked down who, in the end, described as one of his heroines. "I told her I would not be here if it was not for her," Gauff said after winning.
From the outside, the young tennis player showed an almost unchanging appearance while skirting an achievement she had not imagined just a week ago. Inside, Gauff was boiling in a very different way: "He repeated to me that I had to be calm, he reminded me that the lines were the same as always, even though everything was bigger", he said.
When Venus Williams had already raised her first two trophies at Wimbledon, in 2000 and 2001, she had not been born yet. Then, March 2004, the first had already conquered two other Grand Slams and surely could not imagine that it would continue competing on the verge of quarantine, much less than at age 39, after 25 in the elite of tennis, it would have opposite in the clue to a girl who at 15 years and 122 days, 24 springs less, has already made history when she has barely taken a couple of steps in professionalism.