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Wimbledon: Teenage hopeful dispatches Venus Williams

July 1, 2019

The 15-year-old US player dispatched seasoned tennis ace Venus Williams in two straight sets. Meanwhile, it was a disappointing start to the Grand Slam tournament for some top German names.

Venus Williams, Cori Gauff shaking hands at the net
Image: Reuters/T. Melville

The 15-year-old Cori Gauff, the youngest ever player to qualify for Wimbledon since it became professional, beat 39-year-old US star Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 on Monday.

"I never thought this would happen. I'm literally living my dream right now. Not many people get to say that," the teenager, who is also American, said after the match.

She paid  tribute to Williams and her sister Serena, who she said inspired her to take up the sport. "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her, Gauff, who is ranked 313th, said, adding that  "I was telling her that she was so inspiring. I always wanted to tell her that."

Williams, who had won four of her seven Grand Slam titles before Gauff was even born in 2004, congratulated her at the net and encouraged her to keep going.

Meanwhile, in another first-day Wimbledon shocker, the world number 2, Japan's Naomi Osaka, was kicked out 7-6 6-2 by Kazakh rival Yulia Putintseva.

Alexander Zverev
It's all over for Germany's Alexander ZverevImage: picture-alliance/AP Photo/T. Ireland

Dismal day for Germany

It was a disappointing first day for Germany, with seven players defeated in the first round. Sixth seed and fifth-ranked Alexander Zverev lost 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5 to Czech Jiri Vesely. Defending men's champion, Novak Djokovic, dispatched another German hopeful, Philip Kohlschreiber, in three straight sets of 6-3 7-5 6-3.

Mischa Zverev, Alexander's older brother, is also going home after the first round after losing to Belgium's Steve Darcis.

ng/rc (AfP, Reuters, dpa)

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