Teenager Coco Gauff reaches first WTA final in Linz

Teenager Coco Gauff reaches first WTA final in Linz

Teenager Coco Gauff reaches first WTA final in Linz

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 teenager also claimed her first-ever win over a Top 10 player in the quarterfinals, when she upset top seed and World No.8 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

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

"It's insane", he said after the match. Andrea hit a lot of winners and put pressure on me.

"I've had a lot of luck and happiness here", admitted Gauff after her win over Andrea Petkovic in the semifinals.

She fell in qualifying to Tamara Korpatsch but snuck into the main draw as a "lucky loser" when another player pulled out injured, beat Stefanie Voegele in the first round and advanced to her first ever quarterfinal when Kateryna Kozlova - who won the first set - retired with a left leg injury.

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

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Former World No.5 Ostapenko is now ranked 72nd in the world, but is projected to rise about nine spots in the rankings with her run to the final, and an additional eight spots into the mid-50s should she claim the crown.

In the final on Sunday, the girl from Florida will play either former French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko of Lativa or Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova.

"But honestly, I'm just grateful that I've been given the platform and I hope that I'm able to use this platform in the right way", Gauff added.

"I'm not the most confident with it but it worked well today", she said.

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.

Then as a wildcard at her home major, the US Open in August, it took the defending champion, Naomi Osaka, to stop the Florida resident in the third round.

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