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This Rising 15-Year-Old Left Venus Williams Crying At Wimbeldon

15-year-old tennis player Cori "Coco" Gauff, who defeated Venus Williams during the first round of their match, has now progressed to round 16 at Wimbledon.

Gauff is the youngest contestant to make it this far in the competition since 1991 when Jennifer Capriati advanced to the semifinals at age 15.

Gauff was under a set and two separate match points in her third-round match against Polona Hercog of Slovenia, but she came back strong and won the game.

In a press interview after her match, Gauff stated that she knew deep inside she could win, even when she was down 2-5 in the second set.

"I was like, 'I can fight back — I just need to hold serve and then break,'" the young tennis athlete said.

Gauff is the youngest woman to qualify for Wimbledon and she's playing the most conspicuous matches of her career in the big-league. She committed 43 unforced errors in Friday's match against Hercog, but had just 18 unforced errors in her first two matches combined.

"I wasn't really tired. I'm young. I have a lot of energy, and I'm used to playing two matches a day [in the junior tennis circuit]," Gauff said after the match against Hercog, which lasted 2 hours and 47 minutes.

Venus Williams had won two Wimbledon cups before Gauff was born. Gauff said defeating Williams, who considers an idol, was a real turning point for her.

"It was pretty surreal how life changes in a matter of seconds," Gauff said.

Gauff has long been clear about her tennis aspirations.

"I want to be the best ever. I want to be better than Serena, and I want to have that Grand Slam record one day," Gauff said on the show No Days Off when she was 14.

Sources: NPR / Photo Credit: ESPN