The 15-year-old player taking Wimbledon by storm opened up about how she feels about Michelle Obama's tweet congratulating her.
Fifteen-year-old Cori "Coco" Gauff has been dazzling the tennis world at the prestigious Wimbledon tournament.
The former world No. 1 junior, began playing tennis at the age of 6, stunned aficionados of the sport by beating the legendary Venus Williams.
"I have a feeling Coco Gauff will transcend the game. She wants it, she lives it already. She was born to do this." Martina Navratilova
Coco is the youngest woman ever to qualify for the tournament, and the youngest player to win a singles match since Jennifer Capriati's Wimbledon victory in 1991.
Praise for the young player has flooded in, including an enthusiastic endorsement by former First Lady Michelle Obama who tweeted that "Coco is terrific."
With three wins under her belt, everything hinges on Coco's match with Simona Halep
The young tennis player was stunned by the former First Lady's tweet after her victory over Polona Hercog, and explained that Michelle is one of her role models.
"I was super excited. She's one of my role models. So it was just cool to see that she knows I exist.," she said.
Coco has another admirer in tennis champion Serena Williams who has frankly admitted that the 15-year-old has what it takes to win the tournament.
"I think she's definitely on a different level, so I think she's totally capable and ready, to be honest," Serena said.
According to the iconic Martina Navratilova who won a record nine Wimbledon singles titles, Coco will transform the sport.
"I don't think I've seen anyone arrive in a greater flash at their first major," Martina said.
With three wins under her belt, everything hinges on Coco's match with Simona Halep, and whether she will win through to the final.
Win or lose, this young woman has already made her mark on the historic tournament.
The incredible happened on the fabled courts of Wimbledon when a 15-year-old tennis player named Cori "Coco" Gauff beat tennis superstar Venus Williams.
Williams, who has won 5 Wimbledon titles, lost to the youngster on her first match at the prestigious British tournament.
Gauff defeated her Williams 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 19 minutes and becomes the youngest player to win a singles match at Wimbledon since 1991.