15-year-old Cori Gauff, who stunned Venus Williams in the first round on Monday, became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam main draw match since Anna Kournikova at the 1996 US Open and the youngest player to win a Wimbledon main draw match since Jennifer Capriati in 1991. The American teenager, who was given a wildcard into qualifying, notched up her first Top 100 win over Aliona Bolsova en route to the main draw; Williams was her first Top 50 victory. Gauff also became the youngest player the five-time champion has ever lost to (and only the second 15-year-old following Sesil Karatantcheva at Roland Garros 2005), and dealt out just the third opening-round loss at SW19 of Williams’s career (following Magdalena Grzybowska in 1997 and Elena Vesnina in 2012).
2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens leads No.28 seed Hsieh Su-Wei 2-1. Both of the Belgian’s victories were straight-sets wins on US hard courts – in US Open qualifying in 2006 and in Cincinnati qualifying in 2017 – but Hsieh took their only previous grass meeting in a 5-7, 7-6(6), 7-5 thriller in Eastbourne qualifying in 2017.
Wimbledon had been the only major at which 2016 Australian Open quarterfinalist Zhang Shuai had not won a match before this year – but, having lost in the first round on all five prior appearances in SW19, the Chinese player broke her duck in style, upsetting Nottingham champion and No.23 seed Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-0. Zhang is all square at 1-1 against her second-round opponent, qualifier and 2009 US Open semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer.
Six players have notched up their first Grand Slam main draw win at Wimbledon 2019: Marie Bouzkova, Harriet Dart, Varvara Flink, Cori Gauff, Ivana Jorovic and Kaja Juvan. Five teenagers have reached the second round: Gauff, Juvan, Amanda Anisimova, Anastasia Potapova and Dayana Yastremska.