Cori “Coco” Gauff has shocked the world on her very first Grand Slam match. She made history by defeating Venus Williams, who is 39 years old at the age of 15. She is the youngest person to take home a win at a Wimbledon match since 1991 where 14-year-old Jennifer Capriati won.
Gauff said, “Honestly, I don’t really know how to feel. This was the first time I ever cried after a match. While winning, obviously … I never thought this would happen. I’m literally living my dream right now. And not many people get to say that. I’m just happy that Wimbledon gave me the opportunity to play.”
Williams is actually one of Coco’s idols, and she revealed that after the match, she told the young player, “Congratulations, keep going, and good luck.” Gauff then added that “I just told her I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her, she’s so inspiring. I’ve always wanted to tell her that, but I’ve never had the guts to before.”
She also said that “My parents will be super happy, my dad was jumping up every time I won a point. I’m so happy they spent all their time on me and my brothers and making sure we’re successful.”
The teen was born in Georgia and was raised by two athletes. Her father Corey was a basketball star and her mother Candi was a talented college track and field athlete. Gauf is coached by her father but has had the pleasure to have spells training with Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mauratoglou in France.
She gained her spot at Wimbledon after winning the final qualifying round at Roehampton, London. This made her the 12th youngest overall to play in the Wimbledon main draw but the youngest to qualify.
Sources: www.cnn.com // www.bossip.com // YouTube // ESPN
Serena Williams Becomes The Second Black Woman To Be On A Wheaties Box
Serena Williams has done it once again! She is officially the 2nd black women to have her own Wheaties box, with the first black woman being Althea Gibson. The 23-time Grand Slam tennis player says “I have dreamt of this since I was a young woman and it’s an honor to join the ranks of some of America’s most decorated athletes,” Williams said in a statement on the General Mills blog. “I hope my image on this iconic orange box will inspire the next generation of girls and athletes to dream big.”
The tennis player expressed her excitement on Instagram writing “In 2001, Wheaties paid homage to a true champion and an icon by putting her on the cover of a Wheaties Box. Althea Gibson was the FIRST Black Woman tennis player to be on the box. Today, I am honored to be the second.”
Williams is among the many greats that have also been on the Wheaties box like Micheal Jordan, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods and Micheal Phelps.
The marketing manager for Wheaties said, “Serena exemplifies all of the personal attributes that Wheaties looks for when choosing who its next champion will be. On the court she has been named the women’s most valuable player seven times, while off the court she uses her voice to inspire and spark change to make the world a better place.”
Congrats Serena! You definitely earned it!
Written by Imani Maxberry
Sources: www.bossip.com // www.instagram.com
Serena Williams Shares The Tradition Of Hair Braiding While Having A Mommy Hair Moment With Daughter Alexis Olympia
Hair braiding has been a beauty trend for centuries. This hairstyling technique has been passed down from generation to generation in the black community, and tennis star Serena Williams shared the tradition with her daughter.
Serena expressed this in her Instagram post:
“Braiding started in Africa with the Himba people of Namibia. We have been braiding her hair for centuries. In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe. Because of the time it would take people would often take the time to socialize. It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world. I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter and add another generation of historic traditions.”
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Braiding started in Africa with the Himba people of Namibia. We have been braiding our hair for centuries. In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe. Because of the time it would take people would often take the time to socialize. It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world. I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter and add another generation of historic traditions. @olympiaohanian
[VIDEO] Stephen Curry On Getting Married At 23: ‘Why Waste Time If You’ve Found The Right One?’
Stephen Curry could possibly be on his way to earning the NBA’s biggest title for the second year in a row. Meanwhile, he has always made it very clear that the real MVP of the Curry household is his beautiful wife, Ayesha Curry.
After Steph and Ayesha met for the first time as teens in a local North Carolina church group, the two soon began dating later after linking back up in California.
In 2011 and the couple got married at 23-years-old, and Steph admitted in an interview with Graham Besinger that there was no reason to hold off on marrying Ayesha just because of their young age when he knew she was the right one.
You can see more in the interview here: