XtraTime Web Desk: A startling start to this year’s Wimbledonn, as American teen-age sensation Cori Gauff advanced to second round of Wimbledon 2019 by beating one of her idols, Venus Williams, in straight sets on Monday.
In a match that was billed the ‘Clash of Generations’, Gauff – who is featuring in her first main draw at a Grand Slam – overcame 39-year-old Williams 6-4, 6-4.
At 15 years and 122 days, Gauff became the youngest-ever Wimbledon qualifier by defeating Greet Minnen last week. She also became the youngest player to feature in the women’s singles since Laura Robson did so 10 years ago at the age of 15.
Just to put things in perspective, when she was born on March 13, 2005, her opponent Venus Williams had won four Grand Slam titles, including two at Wimbledon.
Gauff has cited Venus and sister Serena as inspirations behind her career, and the Florida-based youngster has enjoyed success in junior grand slams.