Gauff grabs a spot in Linz Open final

Gauff downs Petkovic to reach first WTA final

Gauff is the 15-year-old American who has taken the tennis world by storm this year. Reports followed that she'd be a millionaire before the end of the year.

American teenager Coco Gauff advanced to her first WTA final by beating Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday at the Upper Austria Ladies.

Gauff only qualified for the main draw as a lucky loser after losing in the final round of qualifying.

Gauff and Bertens each held serve in the first set, but Gauff dominated the tiebreaker, jumping out to a 6-1 lead on points before ending the set on a forehand victor.

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 athlete then beat top-seed Kiki Bertens on Friday to make it to the semifinals.

"This kind of proves I'm able to hang in on this level and I'm really proud of myself today".

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


"This is insane. I thought I was out in qualifying and now I'm here".

Gauff attracted worldwide fame for the way she played at the Wimbledon Championships in England. "I guess every little thing counts and you never know what it can lead to".

This is Gauff's first WTA tournament since she left the court in tears after a heavy defeat by two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka in the US Open third round.

And yes, the fans have taken to Gauff in Linz, too.

However, 22-year-old Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, hit back in the second set, breaking Gauff three times before levelling the match with an ace.

During the first round, she defeated Stefanie Voegele, and made it to the quarterfinals after her next opponent Kateryna Kozlova retired with a leg injury.

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