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Gauff downs Petkovic to reach first WTA final

Gauff downs Petkovic to reach first WTA final

12/10/2019 at 23:17Updated 13/10/2019 at 01:05

Coco Gauff's phenomenal breakout year continued as she defeated Andrea Petkovic in Linz to reach her first-ever WTA tour-level final.

It was a slow start for the 15-year-old, who lost the opening two games of the match, but never looked back as she claimed the first set 6-4.

The second-set was a more straightforward affair, though after breaking for a 3-2 lead, Gauff was twice forced to dig deep to save break-back points from Petkovic.

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 winner.

"It's crazy," he said after the match.

"I thought I was out of the tournament in the qualifying and now I'm here. This is definitely the most drop shots I've hit in the tournament, it's normally not my most comfortable shot but it's been working."

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