Coco Gauff becomes youngest WTA finalist in 15 years

Coco Gauff and Simona Halep

Coco Gauff claimed her first Top 10 scalp of her career to reach the semi-finals of the Upper Austria Ladies 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.

Just fifteen minutes before Maria Sakkari was supposed to start her campaign in Linz, the Greek withdrew with a right wrist injury, making room for Gauff.

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

Gauff showed real fighting spirit in the final game to serve out for victory, saving three crunch break points and coming through on her second match point.

She fell in qualifying to Tamara Korpatsch but snuck into the main draw as a "lucky loser" when another player pulled out injured, beat Stefanie Voegele in the first round and advanced to her first ever quarterfinal when Kateryna Kozlova - who won the first set - retired with a left leg injury.

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The current world number 110 is set to climb to at least 80th in the rankings next week. Andrea hit lots of winners and put strain on me.

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

"I didn't have any nerves until the match points came along".

Gauff was never threatened by her more experienced opponent, who owns titles this season at St Petersburg and Madrid and reached the Beijing semi-finals last week before returning to Europe.

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

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