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Coco Gauff becomes youngest WTA finalist in 15 years

Homework on her mind Coco Gauff was thinking of studies soon after making it to her first WTA semis Coco Gauff | Barbara Gindl APA AFP
Cary Erickson | 13 October, 2019, 01:57

Coco Gauff is remarkably through to her maiden tour-level WTA final at the tender age of 15 after defeating Germany's Andrea Petkovic in the semi-final of the Linz Open.

The teenager earned her place in the field as a lucky loser from qualifying as Greek Maria Sakkari withdrew injured to start the week. "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".

Gauff shot to fame this year when she became the youngest player to qualify for the Wimbledon main draw in the Open era and reached the fourth round, beating veteran Venus Williams along the way. "This is definitely unreal, my first final on the WTA", mentioned Gauff, who exclusively received into the primary attract Austria as a fortunate loser.

Gauff, 15, beat world No. 8 Bertens in straight sets 7-6 (1), 6-4 in a closely fought match to advance to the final four.

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

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.

Continuing her quest for her first career WTA singles final, Gauff will play Andrea Petkovic for a spot in the championship match.