A Victory So Grand, It Inspired An Entire Nation

August 23, 2019

The name on everybody’s lips right now is Cori “Coco” Gauff - and for good reason. At only 15 years old, the tennis phenom beat one of the most iconic tennis players to ever play the game: Venus Williams.

In the first round of ladies’ singles at Wimbledon, Coco defeated her childhood hero, becoming the youngest woman to win a Wimbledon match since 1991!

But Coco didn’t anticipate such a huge victory.

In an interview on NBC’s “Today,” she confessed that she prepared an entire speech to give Venus post-game… but not as the winner of the match. She also expressed that playing against her role model was more exciting than nerve-wracking - perhaps a full-circle experience.

Though her epic Wimbledon run came to an end on July 9, 2019, her rise has inspired the entire nation, especially our community.

Just as it happened with Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, Cori “Coco” Gauff made history beating her idol Venus Williams, one of the many Black women who paved the way for her success to manifest. 

Congrats Coco! And congrats Venus, who had the privilege of witnessing first-hand as a young Black girl stepped through the door she helped open.

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