Just imagine, being a young player who earned a spot in the draw at the grandest event of them all, Wimbledon. After getting over the wonder that comes with just being part of the tournament, there’s still tennis to be played. Here’s a look at some of the women over the years who defied the odds and went on to have an extended stay at the All England Club. (Photos: Getty Images)
The youngest player to qualify at Wimbledon in the Open Era, Coco Gauff faced five-time champion Venus Williams and shocked the veteran in a contest that bore resemblance to Roger Federer’s win over Pete Sampras nearly two decades earlier. Instead of suffering a letdown after such a monumental win, Gauff—only 15—battled on to the round of 16, where she faced the eventual tournament champion Simona Halep. Though her run ended in a straight-set defeat, she handled herself with the poise of a veteran that expected to get that far.
The Class of ‘99