"It made me feel my dreams were closer than reality" - Coco Gauff on beating Venus Williams at Wimbledon
Coco Gauf admitted that beating Venus Williams at Wimbledon made her think that she is closer to her dreams than reality.
The 18-year-old made a sensational Grand Slam debut at the grasscourt Major three years ago, dumping out the elder Williams sister in straight sets. Gauff won two more matches before losing to eventual winner Simona Halep in the fourth round.
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In her next SW19 appearance two years later, the American teenager made the fourth round again, losing to Angelique Kerber. Fast forward 12 months, Gauff arrives at Wimbledon as a Grand Slam finalist, having lost to Iga Swiatek at Roland Garros earlier this month.
"I think I’ve learnt a lot over the last three years. That moment – beating Venus at Wimbledon – made me believe that my dreams were closer to reality than it felt. It was definitely a lot to deal with. The biggest thing I’ve learnt is you don’t have to care about what other people expect from you. Just enjoy the moment. I wasn’t enjoying the moment then."