Venus Williams Upset by 15-Year-Old Cori Gauff at Wimbledon; Naomi Osaka Also Loses

July 2, 2019

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The first round of Wimbledon brought some absolutely stunning results on the women's side Monday. Not only did the world's second-ranked player, Naomi Osaka, lose in straight sets to unseeded Yulia Putintseva, but 39-year-old Venus Williams suffered a similar fate at the hands of 15-year-old American Cori "Coco" Gauff. "That's the first time I have ever cried after winning a match," Gauff told The Telegraph after the stunning upset. "She just told me congratulations and to keep going and good luck. I told her, 'Thank you for everything.' I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her." (Like Williams, Gauff is African-American.) As ESPN notes, Williams, the oldest player in this year's tournament, had already won four of her seven Grand Slam titles by the time Gauff, the youngest player in the tournament and, was born. As for Osaka, she's the reigning Australian and U.S. Open champion.