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Young Cori creates history by stunning Venus on a day of huge shocks at SW19

Game changer: Cori Gauff (15) can’t believe she’s just beaten Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon
Game changer: Cori Gauff (15) can’t believe she’s just beaten Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon
Venus Williams

By Eleanor Crooks

Venus Williams insists the "sky is the limit" for Cori Gauff after the 15-year-old sensationally dumped the five-time Wimbledon champion out of the tournament on her SW19 debut.

Gauff is the youngest woman to qualify for the tournament in the Open era but, despite the 24-year age gap, she played like a veteran in a superb 6-4 6-4 victory.

Williams won two of her five Wimbledon singles titles before Gauff was born and this was only the second time she has been beaten in the first round since her debut in 1997.

The 39-year-old believes Gauff, the Junior French Open champion, has the potential to be a star of the game for many years to come.

"I think the sky's the limit," conceded Williams.

Gauff revealed Williams was totally magnanimous in defeat after the match at the net and it allowed her to thank her for being an inspiration.

"She told me congratulations and keep going, good luck," said Gauff. "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."

Along with Williams' shock exit, top seeds Naomi Osaka, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas were all dumped out on a day of upsets at Wimbledon.

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