Gauff downs Petkovic to reach first WTA final

Tanya Simon
October 13, 2019

Her ranking will climb from its current 110th to around 80th even if she loses Sunday to 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, meaning Gauff will earn a direct spot into the next grand slam, January's Australian Open, instead of having to go through qualifying or needing a wildcard.

"This is insane. I thought I was out in qualifying and now I'm here". "Linz is my special place". She continued, "And she was like "No, come with me" and I was just shocked because no one ever does that".

Playing her first final of 2019, Ostapenko settled well enough thereafter but Gauff looked imperious, shrugging off a double fault at the start of the ninth game to take the set.

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

The young American lost in the qualifying round last weekend and made it into the main draw only as a lucky loser.

"This is insane", Gauff added after winning in 92 minutes.

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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".

Continuing her quest for her first career WTA singles final, Gauff will play Andrea Petkovic for a spot in the championship match.

Gauff showed plenty of variety in her game as she beat the 75th-ranked Petkovic, relying frequently on well-executed drop shots. "I got in as a lucky loser and I'm in the semis, so I hope I can keep this going".

"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 told reporters.

Her mother arrived in time to watch her daughter, flying in from Luxembourg after arriving from Florida. That proved to be the lone break of the match as Gauff was never pushed to deuce in her final four service games.

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