Coco Gauff, right, shakes Venus Williams' hand after beating her at Wimbledon on Monday.
  • Cori "Coco" Gauff, 15, defeated five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, 39, in the first round of the tournament on Monday.
  • Speaking to reporters after the big win, the American teen relayed what she told Williams as the two shook hands after the match.
  • "I told her thank you for everything that you did. I wouldn't be here without you," Gauff said.
  • Gauff's parents said Tuesday they always knew their daughter was "destined to be something."

Coco Gauff had some touching words for Venus Williams when the 15-year-old teen beat the five-time Wimbledon champion in the first round of the tournament on Monday.

Speaking to reporters after her big win, the Florida teen said 39-year-old Williams congratulated her as they shook hands on the court.

"I told her thank you for everything that you did. I wouldn't be here without you," Gauff said.

"I always wanted to tell her that," she added.

Gauff was the youngest person to ever qualify for Wimbledon

Gauff was granted a wild card at Wimbledon this year, becoming the youngest person ever to qualify for the tournament. She was born in March 2004, at which point Williams had already won six grand slam titles.

Before Monday's match, Gauff told CNN that she grew up idolising the Williams sisters, and at one time had a poster of Serena up on her wall.

"They're just really great role models for me," Gauff said. "My whole life I looked up to them, even now I still look up to them, and my game is kind of modeled a little bit after them."

The Williams sisters' success has been credited with renewing an interest in women's tennis, and inspiring a generation of black girls like Gauff to get interested in the sport.

Gauff's proud parents said they always knew their daughter was 'destined to be something'

Gauff's proud parents appeared on "Good Morning America" Tuesday to talk about their daughter's big win.

Corey and Candi Gauff said they always knew their daughter was special.

Candi recalled a story of when Coco was a baby, and she jumped out of her stroller to run with her cousin at track practice.

"The problem was she just kept on running and I got concerned as a mother that [she] was going to pass out," Candi said on "GMA". "But her determination was there. I saw that at an early age that she was destined to be something."

Gauff's next match is against Slovakia's Magdaléna Rybáriková on Wednesday.

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