Cory Coco Gauff has been the Roland Garros, or French Open, finalist's youngest finalist in more than 20 years

More than the fact that she was the youngest finalist since Kim Clijsters in 2001

Coco, born in Delray Beach, Florida, was inspired by the Williams sisters, who have played a significant role in popularising tennis within the African-American population in the United States

Coco aimed to play against the Williams sisters, which she accomplished in grand style after reaching Wimbledon 2019

In reality, she achieved notoriety after defeating Venus Williams in the first round

The youngster is the youngest player in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) top 100 and has a career-high ranking of world No

15 in singles, which she earned on April 4, 2022. But, before all of this, the Florida native became the world's No. 1 junior after capturing the junior 2018 French Open singles title

Though her triumph over Venus grabbed headlines at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships, she had previously made history by being the youngest player to qualify for the main event

To prove that beating Venus Williams was no fluke, the then-16-year-old Gauff defeated Venus again in the first round of the Australian Open 2020

But it was her stunning triumph against defending Australian Open champion Japanese Naomi Osaka, whom she knocked out of the Australian Open 6-3 6-4 before losing in three sets to eventual winner Sofia Kenin

Coco took her hand at doubles partnering Caty McNelly, the player she defeated in the Junior French Open Final 2018