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

Ross Houston
October 13, 2019

"I guess Linz is my special place, giving me a lot of luck and a lot of happiness here".

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

In her first appearance since Flushing Meadows, playing as a lucky loser, Gauff has reached the quarter-finals of Linz Open and will break into the world's top 100 next week.

"I wanted to leave the court because I lost", Gauff said of the moment during a September interview on Today.

"I didn't have any nerves until the match points came along". "My first final, a lot of firsts for me here, so I hope I can keep this going".

'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'.

Gauff initially wasn't even slotted into the main draw.

On Saturday she followed it up by downing former top-10 player Petkovic - who at 32 is more than double Gauff's age.

After toppling Stefanie Voegele, Cori passed Kateryna Kozlova to advance into the last eight where she got the opportunity to face the top-10 opponent and the WTA Finals contender Kiki Bertens.

"I'm thinking of the homework I have to do tonight".

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. That proved to be the lone break of the match as Gauff was never pushed to deuce in her final four service games.

Her mom arrived in time to observe her daughter, flying in from Luxembourg after arriving from Florida.

Gauff had thought she would be involved in Luxembourg WTA qualifying this weekend, but finds herself with more pressing duties in Linz instead.

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