15-Year-Old Wimbledon Star Cried When Iron Man Died In Endgame
The endgame of this tennis match was a rookie beating a rival and idol 24 years her senior.
And while 15-year-old American Cori Gauff did a pretty good impression of a seasoned tennis pro in beating Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 at Wimbledon overnight, she showed she was still very much a kid in her comments after the match.
Gauff is the youngest ever player at Wimbledon. She fought her way through qualification to the main draw, then disposed of five-time former champ Venus in straight sets.
There was actually quite a mature moment immediately after she won, when Gauff broke into tears in her chair. She then appeared to say a prayer. Asked about this later in the post-match press conference, she said:
"At the end I was saying a prayer, I was really just thanking god for all this. Before every match since I was eight, my dad and I say a prayer together. We don't really pray about victory, just that me and my opponent stay safe, and after this match I was just thanking god for this opportunity."
In that same press conference, Gauff -- who lives in Florida and prefers to be known by her nickname "Coco" -- reminded us she was still a kid with two endearing answers.
When asked how she performed in her recent school science test, and whether she'd care to grade her tennis performance, she said:
"On my science test I got a B. Today, I would give myself an A."
She was then asked when she last cried.
Gauff said it was at the net today after beating Williams, and before that, at the movie 'Avengers: Endgame' when Iron Man died.
"Every time I think of it I get teary-eyed because I really liked Iron Man," she said.
We're with you all the way, Cori. Who didn't?
And the future for this young tennis prodigy?
"I want to be the greatest."
If it's possible to say such a thing in a humble way, Gauff actually pulled it off.
"I'm still not 100 percent confident but you have to say things," she added.
"My goal was to play my best and my dream was to win and that's what happened."