Was shocked to see draw: Coco Gauff after beating Williams Venus in Australia open

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Melbourne, Jan 20 Tennis legend Venus Williams heaped praise on Coco Gauff suffering defeat in straight sets against the American teenager in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday. 39-year-old Venus, the oldest player in Melbourne Park, proved no match for the youngest woman in the tournament yet again as she succumbed to a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 loss at the Margaret Court Arena. The 15-year-old sensation, 24 years Venus's junior, was making her first main draw appearance as a direct qualifier at a Grand Slam. Venus on the other hand, was playing in a Grand Slam tournament's main draw for the 85th time, a record for the professional era. "She clearly wants it and works very hard and is extremely mature for her age. The sky's the limit for her," said Venus, who had already won four of her seven Grand Slam singles trophies by the time Gauff was even born. This was the second time in a year that Gauff got the better of Venus in a match of the youngest vs the oldest female player in the opening round of a Grand Slam even after the Wimbledon last year. Just like this result, Gauff had defeated Venus in straight sets - 6-4 6-4 - at the All England Club as well. Gauff became the youngest qualifier in Wimbledon history, then made it all the way to the fourth round, generating a ton of buzz, before losing to eventual champion Simona Halep. She backed that up with a run to the third round at the U.S. Open, then won her first WTA singles title later in the way. So when the Australian Open draw was revealed, everyone had one question in mind - What were the odds that Gauff and Venus would face each other again in the first round at a Grand Slam tournament?. "She played really well and I was really nervous for today's match - I was a bit shocked when I saw the draw, but glad I was able to get through it," said Gauff, who is making her Australian Open debut. "I am feeling great. I really like this court and really like this crowd." 67th-ranked Gauff will next face Romanian Sorana Cirstea, who earlier beat Barbora Strycova 6-2 7-6(5), for a place in the third round.


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