Published: Sun, October 13, 2019
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Time finalist Cori Gauff to face Jelena Ostapenko in Linz decider

Time finalist Cori Gauff to face Jelena Ostapenko in Linz decider

The teenage sensation secured a 6-4 6-4 victory to continue her phenomenal breakout year and become the youngest player to reach a WTA final since Czech Nicole Vaidisova in 2004.

'This is insane, I thought I was out of the tournament in qualifying, ' said the American.

The American fought by within the ultimate sport to serve out victory, staving off three break factors and coming by on her second match level.

Lucky loser Gauff faces 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the final.

"I didn't have any nerves until the match points came along". Andrea hit a lot of winners and put pressure on me.

The current world number 110 is set to climb to at least 80th in the rankings next week.


"This definitely has been an unreal tournament", an excited Gauff told the press, after her win.

"Today was my first top-10 win, so I'm super proud of myself for that", Gauff said.

"This is insane", Gauff added after winning in 92 minutes.

Gauff made headlines earlier this year when she defeated five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in an impressive 2019 debut against the 39-year-old veteran player.

The youngest-ever victor of a WTA Tour title was two-time US Open champion Tracy Austin, aged just 14, at Portland in 1977. The American had initially failed to make the main draw of the tournament, losing in straight sets to Germany's Tamara Korpatsch in the second round of qualifying on Monday, but is now playing in her first tournament since advancing to the third round of the US Open, where she fell to then world No. 1 Naomi Osaka.

Her mom arrived in time to observe her daughter, flying in from Luxembourg after arriving from Florida.

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