Coco Gauff, 15, notably reaches her first WTA final after a direct win over Germany's Andrea Petkovic at the Linz Open
- Coco Gauff beat Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-4 to reach his first WTA final
- 15-year-old American is youngest finalist since Czech Nicole Vaidisova in 2004
- Gauff only involved after injury to former Wimbledon winner Angelique Kerber
- Teen sensation will now face Jelena Ostapenko in Sunday's final
Coco Gauff is notably in his WTA final at the tour level at age 15 after beating Germany's Andrea Petkovic in the Linz Open semifinal.
Teen sensation ensured a 6-4 and 6-4 win to continue her phenomenal breakout year and become the youngest player to reach the WTA final since Czech Nicole Vaidisova in 2004.
Her accomplishment was even more incredible as she qualified for the tournament only as a lucky loser after an injury to former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber.
Coco Gauff, 15, is in the first WTA final after winning over Andrea Petkovic
Gauff embraces Petkovic after securing 6-4 6-4 win to continue his phenomenal breakout year
Gauff, who currently occupies the 110th position in the world, lost the first two games of the match but did not look back when claiming the first set 6-4, before a more direct 6-4 victory in the second set to ensure his local end.
"This is crazy, I thought I was out of the tournament in qualifying," said the American.
& # 39; This was one of the highest level matches I have ever played. Andrea hit many winners and put pressure on me.
"I was fighting for all the points, even at the breaking points, I just tried to serve and make her play a point."
Gauff showed a true fighting spirit in the final game to serve the victory, saving three critical points and reaching his second match point.
Gauff celebrates his victory as he approaches writing his name in history books
After her victory on Saturday, the teenager admitted: & # 39; this is crazy & # 39;
The Atlanta-born star is now climbing to at least 80th in the rankings next week.
Gauff surprised the world in the summer when he beat the Grand Slam winner Venus Williams seven times in the first round of Wimbledon on his way to the fourth round of the event.
Gauff will now play with former French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in Sunday's final.
The youngest winner of a WTA Tour title was two-time 14-year-old US Open champion Tracy Austin in Portland in 1977.
Gauff hopes to follow suit and write his own name in tennis history books this weekend.
Spectators support Gauff, who won his place in Sunday's final
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