15-year-old stuns Venus Williams at Wimbledon

Champion-to-be: Gauff won the Junior French Open last year.

Does youth beat experience? Newcomer Cori Gauff is into the third round of the tournament. On Monday, she beat Venus Williams who has five Wimbledon titles and is 24 years older than her.

What’s happening

At 15, Cori Gauff is the youngest tennis player to qualify for Wimbledon in the Open era.

Now, she is into the third round having beaten tennis legend Venus Williams, and then Magdalena Rybarikova.

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Venus Williams is a five-time Wimbledon champion. She is the sister of Serena Williams, the most successful tennis player in history.

Together, the sisters have more than 120 tennis singles’ titles.

Gauff has been playing tennis since she was seven years old. She says that the Williams sisters are her “idols”.

In the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday, the young American overcame Magdalena Rybarikova, who is from Slovakia. Many believe that Gauff will be a world champion one day.

Does youth beat experience?

Some say…

Yes! When you are young, you are fearless. You are excited to get out and win, without worrying as much. When you have more experience, it is harder to chase your dreams.

Others think…

No! When you have experience, you have learned lots of lessons. Win or lose, you know it’s not all about winning — and defeat is not the end of the world. Besides, there is time for both. Williams was once a new, young champion herself.

You Decide

  1. Would you like to be a tennis player?


  1. Imagine that you are Cori Gauff. Write a diary entry after the match against Venus Williams. How did it feel to play against your hero — and then beat her?

Some People Say...

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer (1803-1882)

What do you think?

Word Watch

One of the biggest tennis competitions in the world, played in south London.
Open era
Began in 1968.
Trophies won.
Succeed in a problem or challenge.
A country in Central Europe.
When you have lived through many different events, and learned lessons from them.


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