Cori "CoCo" Gauff didn't just win, she dominated her way through the Wimbledon qualifying draw. On Thursday, the 15-year-old American rolled past world No. 129 Greet Minnen 6-1, 6-1, to secure a spot in the main draw and make history.
The night before, the teen took a high school science test, and then became the youngest player to qualify for the main draw since the Open era began in 1968. On her quest to the Wimbledon main draw she defeated No. 1 seed Aliona Bolsova to record her first Top-100 win.
In the first round, she'll play Venus Williams, and their match will mark the biggest age gap between two players since 2004. The 39-year-old is 23 years, 8 months and 24 days older than Gauff.
Naomi Osaka was probably given the trickiest first-round match-up of all of the top women’s players in Yulia Putintseva. Our Top 5 women's first rounders features two Top 5 players at risk #Wimbledon: https://t.co/vsUpSRKaVW pic.twitter.com/tZICwT8xJM— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) June 28, 2019
Here are five things you should know about Gauff:
The American is the youngest Wimbledon qualifier in the Open Era.
She won her first junior Grand Slam at last year's French Open.
It has been an incredible experience here in Paris winning my first junior grand slam. Thank you God for allowing me to have such an unforgettable week. Thanks to everyone who supported me during this tournament. I can’t wait to be back for many more years to come❤️ #rgchampion
The rising star joined the New Balance team last year.
Guaff partnered with Caty Mcnally to capture the 2018 junior doubles US Open title.
The reason she picked up a racket was because of 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.
Gauff is living a teenage dream and it seems she's purchased a one-way ticket to the top, at least according to this statistic.
All of these players reached the top 10; four reached No. 1 https://t.co/tM4bqHIXuG— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) June 27, 2019
Gauff lost in the second round of qualifying at the French Open last month and has been primarily playing on the ITF circuit.