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Coco Gauff Makes Big Australian Open Debut Beating Venus Williams

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U.S. teen sensation Coco Gauff made a grand Australian Open debut.

In a repeat of last year's Wimbledon first round victory over Venus Williams in Melbourne, the 15-year-old prodigy entered the second round with a score line of 7-6(5) 6-3.

"I was really nervous before today's match. I was a bit shocked, I'm sure everybody was shocked when they saw the draw come out, but I'm glad I was able to get through it. Now I'm feeling great," Gauff said about the win over her childhood idol and seven-time Grand Slam champion.

Her next opponent is Romanian world No.74 Sorana Cirstea.

World No.55 Williams and Gouff, ranked 12 ranks below her, received a great reception from the packed Margaret Court Arena crowd, with the fearless youngster rising to the occasion from the beginning.

The two-time Australian Open finalist dismissed three Gauff set points from 5-3 down, but could not fight long, and had to concede the set in 62 minutes.

It was also the match between the youngest player and the oldest player in the women's draw.

In the opening match of the tournament on Rod Laver Arena, reigning champion Naomi Osaka eased past Czech Marie Bouzkova 6-2 6-4.

Serena Williams, who is aiming at a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles trophy, had a perfect start at the Australian Open, beating Russian teenager Anastasia Potapova in straight-sets, 6-0 6-3.

Six-time champion Roger Federer kicked off his 22nd consecutive Australian Open campaign with an easy 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory over Steve Johnson.

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