Australian Open 2020: How to Watch Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams First Round Match, Start Time, Live Stream

Six months on from their meeting at Wimbledon, Venus Williams and Cori "Coco" Gauff square off again when they meet in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday.

Two months short of her 16th birthday, Gauff is the youngest woman in the Australian Open draw, while Williams, who will turn 40 in less than six months, is the oldest.

Making her main draw debut at Wimbledon in July, Gauff defeated Williams in straight sets, kickstarting an exhilarating run that saw the teenager become the youngest player to reach the round of 16 at the All England Club since Martina Hingis achieved the feat in 1996.

Gauff lost in the round of 16 at the Auckland Classic just missing out on a quarterfinal showdown with eventual winner Serena Williams.

The teenager is ranked No. 66 in the world, the youngest player in the WTA top 100, and is relishing the chance of impressing in her Australian Open debut.

"I'm really excited," she told reporters last week.

This is my first slam getting into the main draw without getting a wildcard or qualifying. I haven't been back in Melbourne since I was 13 when I played juniors so I'm really excited to play on the big stage."

Cori Gauff, Venus Williams, Australian Open
Cori "Coco" Gauff of the United States shakes hands at the net with Venus Williams of the United States after her win during the first round at Wimbledon on July 1, 2019 in London, England. Clive Brunskill//Getty

Her opponent on Monday, in contrast, is a seven-time Grand Slam champion and twice Australian Open finalist and the current No. 55 in the world.

Williams, however, pulled out of lead-up tournaments earlier this month with a hip injury, which she described as a "setback".

The winner on Monday could cross path with defending champion and No. 3 seed Naomi Osaka in the third round and potentially face the younger Williams sister in the quarterfinals.

Osaka takes on Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic in the day's opening game at the Rod Laver Arena on Monday, while Williams faces Russia's Anastasia Potapova as she begins her quest for an eighth Australian Open crown.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Monday.

First round start time

The match between Coco Gauff and Venus Williams is last scheduled for the morning session of the first round on Monday.

The morning session begins at 11 a.m. local time (7 p.m. ET on Sunday), meaning Gauff and Williams should get proceedings underway at some stage around midnight in the U.S.

TV channel

The Australian Open is broadcast exclusively across ESPN channels, with ESPN2 carrying the bulk of the tournament. Coverage of the first round begins at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday and runs until 7 a.m. ET on Monday.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via ESPN's digital platforms, WatchESPN and the ESPN app.


According to Oddschecker, Gauff is a 3/5 favorite, while Williams is a 3/2 underdog.