Parents of 15 year old Wimbledon star say Williams family paved the way for her tennis success 1310 ABC News LONDON — Proud parents Corey and Candi Gauff watched their 15 year old daughter, Cori Coco Gauff, defeat her tennis idol Venus Williams at Wimbledon on Monday, saying it was the Williams family who paved the way for girls like their daughter to have success in the sport. The Gauffs told Good Morning America that having Venus and Serena Williams as examples helped shape Coris confidence and love of tennis. We hadnt seen many African American women in the sport, so when they started winning and having success and trailblazing, some of the challenges that they went through made it a lot easier to get into the sport and it allowed us to be a lot more confident about choosing [tennis], Corey Gauff said. Before Cori was even born, Williams had already won two of her Wimbledon titles. She fell in love with tennis, her dad said. Candi Gauff also drew a comparison of the bond between the Williams sisters and their dad. I really like the relationship between the father and daughter — thats one of the things I see that Coco does with her dad and its a great relationship that is bonding and I just love it, she said. Before her impressive performance on the grass, Cori said in a pre match interview that she has been dreaming to share the court with Venus. Cori, who is the youngest player in the Open era to advance at Wimbledon through qualifying, is currently ranked No. 313 in the world and was able to defeat No. 44 ranked Williams in straight sets, 6 4. Her mom said she has been working on her composure and ability to focus for a long time, which helped her notch the win against the seven time Grand Slam singles champion. It finally has clicked in with her that if you just take one point at a time, one stroke at a time, one game at a time and just focus, breathe, move around and everything will come together, Candi Gauff said. And it just came together. Immediately after the winning point against the living legend, the 15 year old tennis player bent her knees, put her hands on her head and became overwhelmed with emotion. The teen said she is literally living my dream right now, adding that she never thought I would get this far. Even her dads excitement was on full display in the stands of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club when she clinched the match on Monday. She saw me overreact by jumping up and throwing my hands up, he said laughing. So I was pretty excited. Her dad added that Coris doing great and already has her sights set on the competition ahead. Shes resting, sleeping in and getting ready to go to practice in a little bit to get ready for her next match, he said. She celebrated and wanted to get ready for the next match. See still has work to do and shes got big goals so shes gonna go after them. Her mom said she knew right away her daughter was destined for big things. Candi Gauff recalled a time at her nieces track practice when Cori got up out of her stroller and just started running. The problem was she kept on running and kept on running, her mom said. But her determination was there, and I saw at an early age that she was destined to be something. Gauff will face Magdaléna Rybáriková in the second round on July 3. Williams sister, Serena Williams, ranked No. 11, plays in her first round match today. Watch their interview with GMA below: Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. See more at Hear more about the Quail Dunes on Disclaimer: By utiltizing our text shortcut service, you are agreeing to receive future messages and/or promotional offerings from 1310 KFKA. Some provider plans may charge for text messages. You may unsubscribe at any time. The Loveland Ford Player of the week goes to two Highland Huskies who were dominating in Highlands 77 57 win over Eaton. Senior Koby Anderson recorded a double double with a game high 30 points and 13 boards while junior Tate Bessire blistered the stat sheet with his own double double scoring 22 points and handing out 10 assists and adding 6 steals The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Jackson Haylsip from Greeley Central. The Sr. Guard poured in 32 points and grabbed 7 boards to lead the Cats to a 65 61 overtime victory against crosstown rival Greeley West. The win gave the Cats the tournament championship as they went 3 0 to capture the Roundball Invitational. Hayslip averaged 28 points and 7 boards per contest in the 3 day event. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Andre Sepeda from Greeley West High School. The Spartan senior dropped in a game high 23 points in leading Greeley West to a 62 50 home conference win over Monarch. Prior to Christmas Break Nick Wall from Roosevelt High School was named Loveland Ford Player of the Week. Nick had a game high 21 points and grabbed eight boards in the Riders 64 59 win over Loveland. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Reece Johnson form Resurrection Christian High School. The Cougar senior scored 23 points and 19 points respectively in leading Resurrection Christian to a pair of victories last week. The Cougars rolled past Platte Valley and University to remain undefeated in Patriot League play. Highland High Schools Jase scored 20 points and had 4 steals in the Huskies 79 50 win over Dayspring Christian Tuesday night. In Kersey on Friday Becker led Platte Valley to a 66 54 win over Frontier Academy. The senior scored 25 points and had 17 boards in the victory. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Tommy Gonzales of Greeley West High School. The Spartan senior scored 15 points leading West to a 62 40 win over visiting Fort Collins. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Jackson Romero from Resurrection Christian HS… Jackson, a junior guard for the Cougars, poured in 27 points leading Rez to a 70 62 win on the road at Eaton. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Bryson Becker from Platte Valley High School. The Bronco senior scored 38 points for the second time in three games as Platte Valley rolled past Valley 59 47 in Patriot League play. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Tyler Uyemura from Platte Valley High School. The Broncos sophomore had 7 points, 5 assists and 3 steals as Platte Valley rolled Brush 59 42 in their regular season finale. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Carter Keil from Sterling High School. The Tiger senior led the way with 17 points and 5 boards as Sterling beat Resurrection Christian 63 53 to claim the Patriot League Championship. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Tate Bessire from Highland High School. Bessire, the leading scorer in the state in Class 2A this season, poured in a career high 38 points in the Huskies 79 73 Regional Final victory over Sedgwick County. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Jose Lopez from Platte Valley High School. The sophomore lefty did not allow a hit while striking out 9 Highland hitters and picking up the win in 3 2/3 innings of work out of the bullpen as the Broncos came from behind to beat the Huskies 12 9. Lopez also had two hits and drove in two runs to help aid the Bronco comeback. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Gavan Blackburn from Greeley Central High School. Gavan picked up the win going 4 innings on the hill for the Cats, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 6 Broncos as Greeley Central beat Platte Valley 6 1 in Kersey. Blackburn also contributed at the plate going 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and one RBI. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Ryan Ure from Eaton High School. The sophomore had an unbelievable weekend leading the Eaton Reds to the 2019 NoCo Classic Championship over the University Bulldogs. Ryan went 6 for 9 at the plate with a Grand Slam and 13 RBI over the three game set. If thats not enough, the southpaw pitched a 5 inning no hitter striking out 13 Bennett hitters in the middle game of the tournament on Friday night. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Drew Book from Sterling High School. The Tigers catcher went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles and 5 RBI leading the 4th Ranked Tigers to a 13 3 road win at Valley. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Logan Thornton from Windsor High School. The Wizard senior went 4 for 7 at the plate with a HR and 2 RBI as the Wizards swept Roosevelt in a 2 game series, 7 2 and 5 2. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Dalton Logan from Eaton High School. The Reds junior OF/P hit the game tying homerun in the bottom of the 7th inning against Patriot League rival Resurrection Christian in a 3 2 13 inning victory for Eaton. Dalton also got the win on the hill pitching 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball in relief. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Andre Chacon form University High School. The Junior outfielder went 4 for 5 at plate and drove in the winning run with a walk off single in the bottom of the 8th Inning as top ranked UH knocked off 2 Eaton 5 4 Saturday at Tom Roche field in Greeley. University High senior Kalob Padilla picked up his 5th win of the season shutting out the Valley Vikings as the Dogs rolled the Vikes in the Regional Final 14 0. Kalob allowed just one hit and struck out 8 as the defending champs qualified for State with the win Logan Moser ran his record to a perfect 5 0 working four innings and scattering 3 hits without allowing an earned and struck out 9 Miner hitters as the Reds blasted Trinidad 12 2 in the Regional Opener. The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Joe Medina from University High School. The senior shortstop drove in the game winning runs on Saturday with a two run single in the seventh inning giving the Dogs a 9 7 3A State Tournament win over Lutheran. The win guarantees UH a spot in next weekends Championship Game The Loveland Ford Player of the Week is Nolan Johnson from University High School. The sophomore center fielder went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double and two RBI as University made it back to back 3A State titles beating Resurrection Christian 10 3 in the championship tilt on Saturday at Butch Butler. Even more impressive than his hitting, Johnson was a defensive stalwart for UH in the outfield.