Each year, every competitive sports league spawns a new, rising star who takes his or her rightful place in world history as a future icon.
For the past two years, the world of women’s professional tennis has produced the most competitive face-offs in the history of all sports. There are two women (a pair of sisters) who have dominated women’s professional tennis for decades: Venus and Serena Williams.
However, between September 2018 and July 2019, two young female tennis phenoms have literally held court in their battles against Venus and Serena. The first case in point was made by 21-year-old Naomi Osaka.
In early September 2018, a then 20-year-old Osaka made history by defeating Serena Williams at the U.S. Open. The controversial tennis match was marred with controversy after Serena raised legitimate complaints about some questionable officiating.
Nonetheless, Osaka emerged victorious. She made history by becoming the second-youngest woman in professional tennis to win a Grand Slam title. At 37, Serena has won 23 Grand Slam titles in her competitively impeccable career.
The second female professional tennis phenom to emerge in the last 10 months is not even of legal age yet. Cori “Coco” Gauff (pictured) imposed her will in professional tennis by defeating Venus Williams at Wimbledon on July 1, 2019.
Gauff, 15, is the youngest tennis star ever to advance through a qualifying round at Wimbledon to reach a main draw match. Venus, 39, is a seven-time Grand Slam winner who has also demolished the competition in doubles matches with her sister Serena.
However, on July 1, the tennis titan was no match for an unproven professional opponent who is more than 20 years her junior. It took Gauff a little over 90 minutes to eliminate the legitimate force on the tennis court that is Venus Williams.
“Overall, I want to be the best I can be and be the greatest,” said a 13-year-old Gauff in 2017 after becoming the youngest tennis player ever to compete in a U.S. Open Junior Final.
Welcome to the Big Leagues, Coco. You have certainly earned your keep.