Naomi Osaka, the world’s No. 2 ranked women’s tennis player, is out at Wimbledon after just the first round. Osaka lost 7-6 (4), 6-2 to No. 39 ranked Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan on Monday (July 1) a huge disappointment in her quest to regain the No. 1 ranking that she recently lost.
On the other hand, Gauff, already in the record books as the youngest player ever to qualify for the tournament, showed nerves of steel after squandering three match points in a tense conclusion on Court One before securing a 6-4, 6-4 win. She made just eight unforced errors while 39-year-old Venus committed 25 as the veteran American suffered only her second first round loss at Wimbledon — the first was in 1997.
Williams had already won two of her five Wimbledon titles by the time Gauff was born in 2004, but the teenager was unfazed. “It’s the first time I have ever cried after winning a match,” said 313-ranked Gauff who took up the sport after being inspired by Venus and Serena Williams.
“At the net, 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. I’ve always wanted to tell her that but I’ve never had the guts.”
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