Jaw-dropping sport moments of 2019: Coco Gauff beats Venus Williams

Teenager’s victory in the first round at Wimbledon – her first grand slam match – created an instant global superstar

Coco Gauff does not believe in fate. She says that fate is antithetical to her belief that she has the power to determine her own destiny at any given moment. However, few sporting moments in recent history have seemed as fateful as her wild Wimbledon breakthrough.

On one sleepy day in June Gauff was at home in Delray Beach, Florida, when she learned her qualifying wildcard had been accepted five days before the tournament began. She jumped on a plane the next day and eviscerated three opponents in a row to reach the main draw, escaping from the rugged grass courts of Roehampton with no practice on the surface. After the match a small group of journalists asked her whom she would like to face in her first grand slam main draw match.

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