Published: Sun, October 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

American teenager Coco Gauff reaches WTA final for 1st time

American teenager Coco Gauff reaches WTA final for 1st time

The teenage sensation secured a 6-4 6-4 victory to continue her phenomenal breakout year and become the youngest player to reach a WTA final since Czech Nicole Vaidisova in 2004.

The American was fortunate to advance to the second round of the Linz Open after getting a lucky loser draw less than an hour before Tuesday's match was set to begin.

'This is insane, I thought I was out of the tournament in qualifying, ' said the American.

The 15-year-old Gauff saved nine of 10 break points against her German opponent.

Ostapenko took on last year's runner-up Ekaterina Alexandrova from Russian Federation and recovered from a poor first set to prevail 1-6 7-6 (5) 7-5 to reach her first WTA final since Miami last spring.

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

"I've had a lot of luck and happiness here", she added.

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"I wanted to leave the court because I lost", Gauff said of the moment during a September interview on Today.

"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".

In her first tournament since her emotional US Open third-round loss to Naomi Osaka, Cori "Coco" Gauff is through to her maiden WTA tour-level semifinals.

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

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.

Dad Corey is an ever present in her box and mom Candi - whose celebrations at Wimbledon went viral - flew in to Europe Saturday, ready to join the team for Gauff's next tournament in Luxembourg.

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