Coco Gauff reaches maiden WTA final at Linz Open, meets Jelena Ostapenko

First-time finalist Coco Gauff I showed I can play at a top level

Coco Gauff reached her first WTA Tour semi-final on Friday with a stunning win over world number eight Kiki Bertens at the Linz Open. "I thought I was out in qualifying and now I'm here".

Now ranked 110th, Gauff showed real determination to save nine out of the 10 break points she faced, before she sealed victory on her second match point.

The 15-year-old Gauff, who claimed her spot in the main draw as a lucky loser, saved nine of 10 break points against the three-time Linz semifinalist and prevailed on 71 percent of her second-serve points to earn the win. "My first final, a lot of firsts for me here, so I hope I can keep this going".

'This was one of the highest-level matches I've played. "This is definitely unreal, my first final on the WTA", mentioned Gauff, who exclusively received into the primary attract Austria as a fortunate loser.

The present world quantity 110 is ready to climb to at the least 80th within the rankings subsequent week.

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Gauff is also in the doubles draw alongside her familiar partner Caty McNally.

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

Gauff was never threatened by her more experienced opponent, who owns titles this season at St Petersburg and Madrid and reached the Beijing semi-finals last week before returning to Europe.

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

Dad Corey is an ever present in her box and mom Candi - whose celebrations at Wimbledon went viral - flew in to Europe Saturday, ready to join the team for Gauff's next tournament in Luxembourg.

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