Published: Sun, October 13, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Teenage star Gauff reaches maiden WTA final

Teenage star Gauff reaches maiden WTA final

American teenager Coco Gauff advanced to her first WTA semifinal match by beating top-seeded Kiki Bertens 7-6 (1), 6-4 Friday at the Upper Austria Ladies.

Thus, Cori has become the youngest WTA semi-finalist since Nicole Vaidisova in Tashkent 2004 and the youngest American since Jennifer Capriati since the US Open 1991, achieving the feat before Venus and Serena Williams. "Obviously a lot of players play for the grand slams and want to win slams but I think this is a good stepping stone in the right direction".

The 15-year-old, who was only in the draw as a lucky loser, will bid for her first title on Sunday against either Jelena Ostapenko or Ekaterina Alexandrova. "This is definitely unreal, my first final on the WTA", mentioned Gauff, who exclusively received into the primary attract Austria as a fortunate loser.

"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.

Peterson will face Great Britain's Heather Watson, ranked No. 125, who reached her fourth career final - and first since Monterrey in 2016 - with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Russia's Veronika Kudermetova. "Linz is my special place". Andrea hit a lot of winners and put pressure on me.

Gauff saved nine of 10 break points and broke her opponent for 3-2 in the second set as Petkovic saved five break points before double-faulting on a sixth.

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

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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