15-year-old Cori Gauff earns more age records, becoming the youngest..

Tanya Simon
October 13, 2019

Teenage sensation Coco Gauff will face Jelena Ostapenko in her first WTA Tour singles final after beating Andrea Petkovic in straight sets at the Linz Open.

She missed one match point as the German hung in there, but converted her second to become the youngest finalist at a WTA event since Nicole Vaidisova, the 2004 Tashkent victor.

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

Gauff showed real fighting spirit in the final game to serve out for victory, saving three crunch break points and coming through on her second match point.

"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.

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Good fortune then for Gauff but there was no luck involved as she stunned top-seed Kiki Bertens Friday to post a first top-10 victory. "I've really gotten a lot of support from the crowd", she told a sellout audience in this upper Austrian regional capital.

"This was one of the highest-level matches I've played".

That is Gauff's first WTA event since she left the courtroom in tears after a heavy defeat by two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka within the US Open third spherical.

Gauff has already earned a main-draw place at the Australian Open and is set to break into the world's top 100 on Monday.

Gauff made headlines earlier this year when she defeated five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in an impressive 2019 debut against the 39-year-old veteran player.

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