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Gauff grabs a spot in Linz Open final

Gauff grabs a spot in Linz Open final

She missed one match point as the German hung in there, but converted her second to become the youngest finalist at a WTA event since Nicole Vaidisova, the 2004 Tashkent victor.

The American teenager secured a 6-4, 6-4 straight sets victory in Austria in a match which lasted just over an hour and 30 minutes.

The Latvian has endured a miserable season and has dropped outside the top 70 but, working with former Wimbledon victor Marion Bartoli, this week has seen a resurgence.

Coco Gauff, with a win over Andrea Petkovic in the Linz Open semifinals, has added another milestone to her young career. "I guess Linz is my special place, giving me a lot of luck and a lot of happiness here".

Gauff is also in the doubles draw alongside her familiar partner Caty McNally.

'This was one of the highest-level matches I've played.

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"This is insane", Gauff said.

Her ranking will climb from its current 110th to around 80th even if she loses Sunday to 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, meaning Gauff will earn a direct spot into the next grand slam, January's Australian Open, instead of having to go through qualifying or needing a wildcard.

Now ranked 110th, Gauff showed real determination to save nine out of the 10 break points she faced, before she sealed victory on her second match point.

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.

Her mother arrived in time to watch her daughter, flying in from Luxembourg after arriving from Florida.