Teenage star Gauff reaches maiden WTA final

Coco Gauff 2019 Linz

Teenager Coco Gauff reaches first WTA final in Linz

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.

"I just got off the court, so I've not thought about the semi-final", she said.

In Sunday's ultimate, she is going to face 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko who saved three match factors in beating Russian eighth seed Ekaterina Alexandrova 1-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5.

The Atlanta-born rising star is now set to climb to at least 80th in the rankings next week. "This is definitely unreal, my first final on the WTA", mentioned Gauff, who exclusively received into the primary attract Austria as a fortunate loser.

"This was one of many highest-level matches I've performed". "My first final, a lot of firsts for me here, so I hope I can keep this going".

'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.

Then as a wildcard at her home major, the US Open in August, it took the defending champion, Naomi Osaka, to stop the Florida resident in the third round.

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

The Linz week has been a breakthrough for the world number 110 who will crack the top 100 on Monday, when she travels to Luxembourg for the last event of her season.

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