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Sport With Linz Open semis win, Coco Gauff becomes youngest WTA finalist in 15 years

14:15  13 october  2019
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The 15 - year -old American saw off world No 8 Kiki Bertens on Friday for the biggest win by ranking of her fledgling career in Linz .

Coco Gauff has become the WTA ’s youngest tennis finalist since Nicole Vaidisova in 2004 after beating Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-4 Saturday. She showed poise well above her teenaged years . Gauff was congratulated by the likes of former first lady Michelle Obama and actor and musician Jaden

a man hitting a ball with a racket: USA TODAY© USA TODAY USA TODAY Coco Gauff, with a win over Andrea Petkovic in the Linz Open semifinals, has added another milestone to her young career.

The 15-year-old is the youngest tennis player to be a WTA finalist in 15 years, according to

Gauff took down Petkovic in a pair of 6-4 sets in the semifinals in Austria. That follows a quarterfinals win over top-seeded Kiki Bertens 7-6 (1), 6-4 on Friday, the first top-10 win for Gauff.

She was also the youngest woman to reach the semifinals since Nicole Vaidisova in 2004. Vaidisova won the Tashkent Open that year.

Gauff initially wasn't even slotted into the main draw. She lost in the qualifying rounds but got in when a different player had to pull out due to injury, according to CNN.

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Coco Gauff , a "lucky loser," became the youngest tennis finalist since 2004 when the 15 - year -old American beat Andrea Petkovic at a tournament in Linz , Austria. It has been a week of firsts for Gauff in Austria.

Coco Gauff reached the first WTA final of her career on Saturday as the 15 - year -old beat Andrea The youngest -ever winner of a WTA Tour title was two-time US Open champion Tracy Austin, aged Gauff had thought she would be involved in Luxembourg WTA qualifying this weekend, but finds

"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. "I guess every little thing counts and you never know what it can lead to."

On Sunday, Gauff will take on Jelena Ostapenko for the championship. Ostapenko won the 2017 French Open.

If Gauff wins, she would be the first American woman to win a WTA championship in 28 years, according to

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