15-year-old American, Coco Gauff has become the youngest player to qualify for the Championships in the Open Era. With a 6-1 6-1 win over Belgian, Greet Minnen.
Gauff received an entry into the qualifying draw via a wild card. In her opening match, she defeated #1 seed Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov, who reached the fourth round at Roland Garros. Gauff took full advantage of Bolsova not having much grass experience heading into the match.
She will make her grand slam singles debut at this year’s third major, which starts in London on Monday. She is the first 15-year-old to reach the main draw of Wimbledon since Laura Robson in 2009, and youngest player to do so since the Open era began in 1968.
Gauff said; “I’m still in shock that I’m going to be playing main draw Wimbledon. I think my first memory was watching Serena (Williams) playing Wimbledon, and I think she won. I don’t remember which year, she’s won so many times. Don’t know about any of the records I break until after when somebody tells me. I just feel really blessed that I’m able to.”
“I’m thankful that my parents never put any limitations on my goals because sometimes parents can do that. My parents always told me to shoot as high as I wanted to. And I’m just happy that, not only did they accept my goals, they really sacrificed everything to make sure I get there.”