The USA Rising Tennis Star 16-year-old Coco Gauff recently talked about a match that changes everything in her life. In a talk show with ESPN tennis broadcaster Chris Fowler, American next generation star Coco Gauff discussed her 2019 Wimbledon win against none other than five-time Wimbledon champion compatriot Venus Williams. After that win, Coco Gauff tennis career zoomed-in another level.
Coco Gauff entered the 2019 Wimbledon ranked World No.313. She was awarded a wild card for the qualifying round. Followed by the three straight victories, Gauff became the youngest player to reach the main draw at Wimbledon from qualifying in the Open Era.
“It’s just crazy how one thing can really change someone’s life. It was the start of everything, and this is the match that I will remember for the rest of my life” said Coco Gauff on her first main draw win in a Grand Slam event.
Coco Gauffs dream run at last year’s Wimbledon went to the round of 16. Her achievement raised the eyebrows of not only tennis fans in London but the whole world.
“I was just going to take the opportunity. I didn’t have anything to lose, and I kind of played like that. And I think that was the perfect moment to play her, for my first main draw debut.” said Coco.
She also said that she was feeling nervous at the time of the coin toss. For that reason, she didn’t make eye contact with Venus at the time of toss. “I was looking at the umpire the whole time and shaking of my nerves, but also, I got to see that I was playing one of the greatest players of all-time across the net. You can see me just trying to get all the nerves out before we started hitting”.
I Had A Plan Against Experienced Venus Williams Says, Coco Gauff
One of the best grass-court players all-time, Venus Williams has started her grand slam journey in 2000 Wimbledon. To date, Venus has won five the championships title in 2000, 2001,2005, 2007, and 2008.
American Rising tennis star also said her match plans against five-times Wimbledon Champion Venus Williams. “I had to change up the variation, because she’s used to the grass and I’m not, and I was going to try to use it to my advantage as best as I could. I knew that slicing, bringing her in, making her hit balls at uncomfortable heights was going to be the way to make her [hit] some errors” said Gauff, who won the match in two sets.
“In the second set, at the time of the fourth match point, I told myself to forget I have a match point. Because thinking about match points didn’t work for me the first three times” said, Coco Gauff.