Melbourne, Australia-In 2019, Coco Gauff burst onto the tennis scene by storm as she gave some of the best players in the world a run for their money. In Monday’s opening round of the Australian Open, Gauff faced off against the veteran Venus Williams, defeating her 7-6, 6-3.
Coco is the youngest player on tour 15, and the oldest player, Venus Williams, 39, were both a little surprised that they could possibly get the same draw as they did at Wimbledon back in June 2019.
The match marked Gauff’s first time competing in the main draw in Melbourne.
“I just want to say thank you guys, you guys were chanting my name and I only thought that would happen at the U.S. Open,” Gauff, of Florida, said to the crowd after the match, according to CNN. She added, “To hear that here in Australia means a lot to me.”
Monday’s match came just over six months after Gauff made her debut at Wimbledon last summer, defeating her idol and five-time Wimbledon champion Williams.
Besides beating her respected idol, Coco also became the youngest player since 1991 to win in the first round of the ladies’ singles at Wimbledon.
Gauff showed her toughness in the early in the match at the Australian Open as she pulled ahead before Williams came storming back. However, Gauff took a 3-0 lead in the second set and didn’t let that advantage go to waste. Gauff was able to maintain her composure and come away with one of the most impressive victories in her career.
“When I was younger, I was just dreaming about winning tournaments and winning slams I guess, and I didn’t think about all that would come with it,” she said. “So like, I guess I had time to mentally prepare for the winning but not necessarily the off the court.”
With the win, Gauff advances to face Romania’s Sorana Cirstea in the second round.