Coco Gauff Becomes Youngest To Reach WTA Final Since 2014

Coco Gauff 2019 Linz

Coco Gauff 2019 Linz

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.

Gauff beat Stefanie Voegele of Germany in the round of 32 after she stepped in as a lucky loser for injured sixth seed Maria Sakkari of Greece.

The American faced 10 break points but recovered well to fend off nine of them against Petkovic in the semi-final, before sealing victory on her second match point.

The Atlanta-born rising star is now set to climb to at least 80th in the rankings next week.

After the match, Osaka, 21, invited Gauff to join her winner's interview, in a moment that left both tennis players in tears.

"This definitely has been an unreal tournament", an excited Gauff told the press, after her win. Andrea hit lots of winners and put strain on me.

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"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".

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

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

The youngest-ever victor of a WTA Tour title was two-time US Open champion Tracy Austin, aged simply 14, at Portland in 1977.

Gauff has already earned a main-draw place at the Australian Open and is set to break into the world's top 100 on Monday.

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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