Tennis: Teenage star Gauff reaches maiden WTA final

Coco Gauff defeated Andrea Petkovic to advance to the finals of the Linz Open on Oct 12, 2019.
Coco Gauff defeated Andrea Petkovic to advance to the finals of the Linz Open on Oct 12, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

LINZ (AFP) - American teenage sensation Coco Gauff reached the first WTA final of her career on Saturday (Oct 12), defeating German Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-4 in Linz.

The 15-year-old, who was only in the draw as a lucky loser, will bid for her first title on Sunday against either Jelena Ostapenko or Ekaterina Alexandrova.

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.

She became the youngest woman to reach a WTA final since Nicole Vaidisova won the Tashkent title in 2004.