Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff beat Venus Williams at the Australian Open on Monday – the second time the teenager has dumped the veteran out in a Grand Slam first round.
Gauff surged into the second round in Melbourne with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 victory over the 39-year-old, and will play unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea next.
“That was really difficult, she played really well,” Gauff said. “I was really nervous for today’s match.”
“I was a bit shocked – I’m sure everyone was shocked – when they saw the draw come out but I’m glad I was able to get through it,” Gauff added.
Williams, formerly No 1 but now ranked 55th, conceded the first-set tie-break when she hit a routine backhand overhead into the net.
Gauff, remarkably unfazed by playing someone more than twice her age, held her nerve in the second set to claim victory over Venus once more.
Women’s singles first round results
Zhu Lin (CHN) bt Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (10/5)
Julia Georges (GER) bt Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) 6-1, 6-2
Petra Martic (CRO x13) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-3, 6-0
Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS x25) bt Jil Teichmann (SUI) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) bt Kaia Kanepi (EST) 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-3
Paula Badosa (ESP) bt Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6-1, 6-0
Petra Kvitova (CZE x7) bt Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 6-1, 6-0
Naomi Osaka (JPN x3) bt Marie Bouzkova (CZE) 6-2, 6-4
Zheng Saisai (CHN) bt Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) 6-3, 6-2
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) bt Barbora Strycova (CZE x32) 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)
Ann Li (USA) bt Lizette Cabrera (AUS) 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (12/10)
Sofia Kenin (USA x14) bt Martina Trevisan (ITA) 6-2, 6-4