Venus Williams vs. Cori Gauff
|Date & Time||Monday July 1, 2019, 11:30 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
London, United Kingdom
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Venus Williams and Cori Gauff meet in the first round of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.
Venus Williams managed to win two matches in Birmingham to get her in the swing of things on grass, and she showed serious flashes of consistent serving. We know Venus can be hit or miss with her play and often provides her opponents with way too many looks at break points. If Venus can get her first serve in play, she’s somebody who can make a surprising run in this tournament, even at 39 years old. The first few games of this match should tell us which version of Venus we’re going to get in this match. Venus has lost in the first round of a grand slam four times since 2016. Venus has won two of her last three matches on grass court.
Cori Gauff won three matches in straight sets to qualify for her first ever grand slam appearance on the main tour. However, at just 15 years old, Gauff is no stranger to success, as she was runner-up in the junior 2017 US Open and won the 2018 junior French Open. Gauff was the youngest player to final of the girls US Open and is now the youngest player to qualify in the Wimbledon in the Open era. Gauff also gained some main tour experience by beating Caty McNally in the Miami Open a few months ago. Lack of experience likely plays a role in this match, but Gauff is about as accomplished as you’ll find a player this young. Gauff has won six of her last seven matches on grass court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
This should be a fun match between a living legend and a young player in Gauff who could be a future star for American tennis. Gauff is doing schoolwork in between practice sessions and has made it clear it would be a dream to play either of the Williams’ sisters. Nerves are going to be through the roof for Gauff and it’s tough seeing her prevail. Venus always provides windows for opponents and can really ugly up a set with unforced errors. But with the experience gap between these two players, I almost have to side with Venus.