15-year-old schoolgirl knocks Venus Williams out of Wimbledon in first round

15-year-old schoolgirl knocks Venus Williams out of Wimbledon in first round

Venus Williams has been stunned in the first round of Wimbledon.

15-year-old American qualifier Cori Gauff pulled off a monumental upset by defeating the former five-time champion 4-6, 4-6 on Court One in front of a captivated audience.

There are many remarkable things to note about the contest, perhaps the most striking of which is that Venus Williams, 39, turned pro 10 years before her opponent was even born.

Gauff has previously spoken of the inspiration that the Williams sisters have provided her with, and re-iterated her admiration for the trail-blazing duo after the match;

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

"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.

"My parents will be super happy, my dad was jumping up every time I won a point. I'm so happy they spent all their time on me and my brothers and making sure we're successful.

"I never thought this would happen. I'm literally living my dream right now.

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

Gauff overcame some tense opening exchanges to break Williams' formidable serve to move ahead 3-2 in the opening set, and despite seeing three match points come and ago, the 15-year-old held her nerve to secure an unlikely victory.

When asked about the teenager's future in the game, Venus was effusive, saying;

"I think the sky's the limit, it really is.

"She did everything well today. She put the ball in the court, which was much better than I did. She served well, moved well. It was a great match for her."

Gauff is the youngest player ever to qualify for the main draw at SW19.