Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff beat the seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams on No. 1 court in 6-4 6-4 victory

The 15-year-old schoolgirl who beat her idol Venus Williams at Wimbledon has said she is ‘literally living my dream right now’.

Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff, 15, claimed victory against the seven-time Grand Slam singles winner, 39, on No. 1 court today – less than a week after finishing her exams.

The teenager beat the tennis legend, who had won four of her Grand Slam titles before she was even born, winning 6-4 6-4.

Speaking after the electrifying match, an emotional Gauff revealed her friends and family are ecstatic – including her coach and father Corey.

She said: ‘I know [my parents] are super happy, my dad was just jumping up every time I won a point. 

‘I’m just so happy and blessed that they really just spent all their time on me and my brothers and making sure that we’re successful.’ 

Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff, 15, has beaten her idol Venus Williams in the first round of Wimbledon – despite finishing her exams just a week ago
Gauff, who became the youngest girl in 50 years to qualify for the tournament, beat the tennis legend 6-4 6-4 today
Corey could not contain his excitement while his wife Candi took snaps of their victorious daughter from their seats
Speaking of her post-match conversation with her hero, Gauff revealed: ‘Venus told me congratulations and keep going, she said good luck and I told her thanks for everything she did’ She went on to joke that she would be staying up all night responding to calls from her brother and grandma and texts from friends. 
Gauff was not even born when Williams claimed her first Wimbledon title in 2000.
She had a world ranking of 301 at the start of this year’s championships, and was given a wild card entry for her first Grand Slam tournament. 
Speaking of her post-match conversation with her hero, Gauff revealed: ‘Venus told me congratulations and keep going, she said good luck and I told her thanks for everything she did.
‘I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her – I told her she was so inspiring and I’ve always wanted to tell her that but I’ve never had the guts to before.’
Ahead of the match, she revealed she listened to music by Jaden, Kendrick Lamar and Miss Mulatto when stepping on to court to help keep her calm.
After winning, Gauff broke down into tears – the first time she had cried since Ironman died in Avengers End Game.  
She added: ‘Honestly I don’t really know how to feel. This was definitely the first time I ever cried after winning a match. I don’t even know how to explain how I feel. 
‘I had to tell myself to stay calm, I’d never played on a court so big. I had to remind myself that the lines are the same size.’ 
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