Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Coco Gauff beats top seed Bertens, reaches Linz Open semis

Teenager Coco Gauff reaches first WTA final in Linz Teenage star Gauff reaches maiden WTA final
Sidney Guerrero | 13 October, 2019, 01:57

Coco Gauff was beaten in qualifying at the start of this week in Linz, but could claim her maiden WTA Tour singles title on Sunday.

"It's insane", he said after the match.

Gauff, who is now ranked 110th in the world, lost the opening two games of the match, but then didn't look back as she claimed the first set 6-4 before a more straightforward 6-4 second set win to secure her final spot.

"This is my first final and first tournament on the WTA ever making it to anything "final" at the end, like quarterfinal or semifinal", Gauff told reporters.

Good fortune then for Gauff but there was no luck involved as she stunned top-seed Kiki Bertens Friday to post a first top-10 victory. "My first final, a lot of firsts for me here, so I hope I can keep this going".

"I am not essentially the most assured with it however it labored nicely at present", she said.

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"This was one of many highest-level matches I've performed".

"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".

That is Gauff's first WTA event since she left the courtroom in tears after a heavy defeat by two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka within the US Open third spherical.

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.

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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