Serena Williams and Venus Williams would be pleased if they saw this now, according to Cori Gauff

The American tennis player Cori Gauff hopes that she and Robin Montgomery have done Serena and Venus Williams and the San Diego Open proud during their first-round match. 18-year-old Gauff competed against fellow 18-year-old African-American Robin Montgomery at the WTA 500 competition in San Diego.

Gauff and Montgomery have known each other for ten years, but this was their first professional matchup. She applauded Gauff’s play and level after the 18-year-old defeated Montgomery 6-3, 6-3.

We went on a few USTA trips together when we were both around eight years old, so I know Robin pretty well. Friends since then, essentially. She did a great job playing. I had high hopes for her performance. It was challenging for me, so I was very astonished with how well she was striking the ball.

At the conclusion of the game, I jokingly suggested that perhaps our next encounter would take place in a championship rather than a first-round match “according to Gauff and the WTA website.

Gauff hopes that the Williams sisters will be proud of her and Montgomery.

Girls like Gauff and Montgomery watched Serena and Venus as they grew up because the Williams sisters gave them hope that their tennis dreams might one day come true.

The Williams sisters transcended the sport and made a lasting impact on tennis history by opening the door for female players like Gauff and Montgomery. The future is undoubtedly significantly impacted. If Serena and Venus saw two 18-year-old African Americans competing at the WTA 500 level today, I believe they would be pleased of us both since we are descendants of their history.

I’m appreciative that I had those examples to learn from, and I wish I could one day set an example for others “Gauff tacked on. Gauff shocked Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2019 when she was only 15 years old. Gauff, regrettably, was not given the opportunity to portray Serena Williams.