Monday, 21 October, 2019

Teenager Coco Gauff reaches first WTA final in Linz

Coco Gauff 2019 Linz Teenager Coco Gauff reaches first WTA final in Linz
Shannon Reynolds | 13 October, 2019, 00:56

American teenager Coco Gauff advanced to her first WTA semifinal match by beating top-seeded Kiki Bertens 7-6 (1), 6-4 Friday at the Upper Austria Ladies.

Gauff, who burst onto the scene with a run to the Wimbledon final 16 earlier this 12 months, is the youngest girl to make a WTA ultimate since Nicole Vaidisova received the Tashkent title in 2004.

'This is my first final and first tournament on the WTA ever making it to anything "final" at the end, like quarterfinal or semifinal, ' Gauff also told reporters. "I guess Linz is my special place, giving me a lot of luck and a lot of happiness here".

The current world number 110 is set to climb to at least 80th in the rankings next week.

In her first appearance since Flushing Meadows, playing as a lucky loser, Gauff has reached the quarter-finals of Linz Open and will break into the world's top 100 next week.

"First time in my life, even in juniors, that I got into something as a lucky loser and now I'm in the final", Gauff said to CNN.

After the match, Osaka, 21, invited Gauff to join her winner's interview, in a moment that left both tennis players in tears.

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'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'.

She will next play Andrea Petkovic, who beat Viktoria Kuzmova 6-4, 6-1.

'Obviously a lot of players play for the grand slams and want to win slams but I think this is a good stepping stone in the right direction. "I feel I am going to hold utilizing it till it does not work so nicely anymore".

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

Gauff saved nine of 10 break points and advanced to the finale in 91 minutes.

The American fought by within the ultimate sport to serve out victory, staving off three break factors and coming by on her second match level.

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