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Delray Beach’s Coco Gauff Continues Making Tennis History At Wimbledon

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TIM IRELAND
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Associated Press
Cori "Coco" Gauff reacts after beating Venus Williams during day 1 of the Wimbledon Championships in London on Monday.

If the sports world didn’t know Delray Beach’s teen tennis phenom Cori “Coco” Gauff before her Monday match at Wimbledon, they do now.

Gauff, 15, defeated five-time Wimbledon champ Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in what was just the third tour-level match of her career. She did so while also making history as the youngest competitor to ever qualify for the tournament’s main draw in the professional era. Williams, at 39, entered as the oldest in this year’s tournament, as reported by The Palm Beach Post.

“Honestly I don’t really know how to feel,” said Gauff — ranked No. 313 in the world entering Monday — in a post-round interview. “This was the first time I ever cried after a match. While winning, obviously.”