Teenager Coco Gauff reaches first WTA final in Linz

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 12, 2019

American teenager Coco Gauff has hit a new milestone in her rapid rise up the WTA ranks, as the 15-year-old eased past former Top 10 player Andrea Petkovic of Germany, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday, to move into her maiden WTA singles final at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz.

Gauff needed a lucky loser spot to take her place in the main draw after failing to qualify but could claim the title on Sunday following a 6-4 6-4 defeat of Petkovic.

"Not even in juniors did I ever get into something as a lucky loser - now I'm in the final".

The Atlanta-born rising star is now set to climb to at least 80th in the rankings next week.

Gauff will now play former French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in Sunday's final.

"I was fighting for every point, even at break points down, I just tried to get the serve in and make her play a point".

This is Gauff's first WTA tournament since she lost to Naomi Osaka in an emotional match at the U.S. Open in August.

Gauff became a crowd favorite and household name at Wimbledon in July when she qualified, then beat one of her idols, Venus Williams, as part of a weeklong stay at tennis' most prestigious grand slam. "I think I'll keep using it until it doesn't work so well anymore".

The second-set was a more straightforward affair, though after breaking for a 3-2 lead, Gauff was twice forced to dig deep to save break-back points from Petkovic.

The youngest-ever victor of a WTA Tour title was two-time US Open champion Tracy Austin, aged just 14, at Portland in 1977.

Her mother arrived in time to watch her daughter, flying in from Luxembourg after arriving from Florida.

Also, Gauff is the youngest American with the top-10 victory since Caprilati in San Diego 1991, cracking the top-100 as the youngest competitor since January 2005, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the tournament as she certainly wants to go all the way and lift the WTA trophy in an already a memorable season that saw her reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon as a qualifier and the third round at home Major in NY.

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