The Serena Williams moment that inspired Coco Gauff to play tennis

He took time out to speak to BBC Sport.

You know the way they say you should never meet your heroes?

Zverev, who lost in the first round at the All England Club for the first time in five appearances, said his confidence was "below zero" right now.

Even her dad's excitement was on full display in the stands of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club when she clinched the match on Monday.

'It was a great win but I think eventually the hysteria and the adrenaline it's so tough your first really big win and let's see how she handles it'. That explains better how she ended up beating Venus Williams. By then, she was barely ten years old.

Gauff displayed her mental maturity too in her post-match press conference, declaring life is too short to hold back on goals. "15-year-old American Coco Gauff beats the No.1 seed Aliona Bolsova 6-3, 6-4 to progress to the second round of Wimbledon Qualifying". Venus had already had four grand slam wins under her belt before Coco was born in 2004.

When Czech Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was attacked in her home by a knife-wielding assailant, she showed remarkable bravery and quick-thinking by fighting him off. But the most impressive thing about Gauff was the composure and intelligence with which she carried herself to victory.

Speaking about the game, Williams said the "sky was the limit" for Gauff.

However, a year after being crowned Olympic champion in Barcelona she took a break and went on the slide.

In addition to Serena and Venus, she's inspired by Roger Federer. The French Tennis Federation banned catsuits soon after (despite Serena's reasoning that the outfit is created to help prevent blood clots) in a move which many saw as racist because of the Black Panther connotations.

Venus is widely considered the more mellow of the two, but when they arrived on tour it was the elder Williams who radiated swagger and confidence. "She celebrated and wanted to get ready for the next match".

Her stratospheric rise has caught the attention of the world media.

When asked what her parents will be feeling, she said: "Super happy". Venus can't - or won't - even speak.

"She has been raised for greatness and this is beginning".

"I just don't think I played that well", said Osaka, who also lost to Putinseva two weeks ago in Birmingham.

And her reaction to what she had accomplished was exactly what you'd have expected. "Why?" Venus's father Richard ran into the picture, threatening to cut the interview.

However, it is unlikely to happen in Gauff's case. This time, nobody said a word.

"Something that we as the NextGen players lack, including me as well, is this inconsistency week by week".

  • Julie Sanders


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