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Wimbledon upsets as 15-year-old stuns ex-champion

Wimbledon upsets as 15-year-old stuns ex-champion Photo: TT
Cori "Coco" Gauff reacts after beating United States's Venus Williams in a Women's singles match during day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

Unknown American teenager Cori Gauff stole the headlines on day one of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships with a shock win over Venus Williams.

Gauff, 15, knocked off the five-time Wimbledon winner 6-4, 6-4 in her first ever grand slam match, having progressed through the qualifiers.

The teenager’s win was one of numerous shocks on the opening day of competition in London, with second seed Naomi Osaka and men’s top 10 pair Alexander Zverez and Stefanos Tsitsipas all beaten.

“Obviously I’m super shocked,” Gauff said post-game.

“I literally got my dream draw, so I’m just super happy I was able to pull it out today.”

Osaka, who won this year’s Australian Open and last year’s US Open, went down to Yulia Putintseva 7-6, 6-2.

The defeat was Osaka’s second successive loss to the Kazakh, who beat her at Eastbourne last week.

“I feel like I should have been able to play well today, because I wasn’t practicing bad,” Osaka said.

“You never know what’s going to happen during matches.”

Meanwhile, among the winners were Novak Djokovic in straight sets over Philipp Kohlschreiber on centre court.

Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Wozniacki all progressed along with Kevin Anderson and Stan Wawrinka.

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer

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