Time finalist Coco Gauff to face Jelena Ostapenko in Linz Open decider

Time finalist Coco Gauff to face Jelena Ostapenko in Linz Open decider

Coco Gauff is through to her maiden WTA final as the teenager defeated Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-4 6-4 in the semi-final of the Linz Open.

Her victory makes her the youngest tennis player in 15 years to make it to a WTA final, according to CNN.

"Last year around this time I was playing a juniors Grade 1 [tournament], and I lost in the quarterfinals there, in Mexico", Gauff added. Andrea hit a lot of winners and put pressure on me. "I guess Linz is my special place, giving me a lot of luck and a lot of happiness here".

After the match, Osaka, 21, invited Gauff to join her winner's interview, in a moment that left both tennis players in tears.

'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'.

Her ranking will climb from its current 110th to around 80th even if she loses Sunday to either 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko or Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova, 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. "I thought I was out in qualifying and now I'm here".

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Gauff showed plenty of variety in her game as she beat the 75th-ranked Petkovic, relying frequently on well-executed drop shots.

Gauff saved nine of 10 break points and advanced to the finale in 91 minutes.

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

The American fought through in the final game to serve out victory, staving off three break points and coming through on her second match point.

Also, Gauff is the youngest American with the top-10 victory since Caprilati in San Diego 1991, cracking the top-100 as the youngest competitor since January 2005, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the tournament as she certainly wants to go all the way and lift the WTA trophy in an already a memorable season that saw her reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon as a qualifier and the third round at home Major in NY.

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