Teen star Gauff beats Ostapenko to win the first WTA title
LINZ (Austria): teenage prodigy Coco gauff he won it first WTA Title Sunday after a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 victory over Jelena Ostapenko in the final in Linz he saw her hold her first trophy high at age 15.
Gauff, who only entered the field as a lucky loser after not qualifying, completed a dream week in Linz in front of a crowd of support to become the youngest player to win a WTA event from the Czech Nicole Vaidisova, who He triumphed in Vancouver and Tashkent two months apart in 2004.
I will remember this day for the rest of my life, said delighted Gauff after receiving a standing ovation of 3,000 spectators.
I had an amazing week and I hope to return in the future.
Gauff will shoot from 110 in the ranking to 80, according to WTA calculations, after becoming the youngest American to win a WTA trophy since Jennifer Capriati in Toronto 1991, almost three decades ago.
The publicity surrounding the young man has grown this year after solid performances this summer in both Wimbledon and the United States Open , where she was defeated in the third round by defending champion Noami Osaka, and her exhibitions in Linz have captivated tennis fans.
Gauff had to recover in the final after sweeping the first set, but lost service three times in the second when Roland Garros 2017 winner, Ostapenko, matched.
But she came alive in the third set, climbing two breaks before her opponent managed to save a couple of match points while losing 5-1.
Ostapenko claimed with a break to score 5-2 in the third, but could not extend his counterattack, Gauff closed the victory one game later when Hawk-Eye's electronic call determined a long return of Ostapenko in the third match point .
Well done to Coco today, Ostapenko said. You have a bright future, it was a pleasure to share the field with you today.
This has been a difficult week for me, but I am very happy to have reached the final, even if the result was not what I wanted.
With its debut week in the European indoor circuit as a resounding success, Gauff is now scheduled to compete next week in Luxembourg to conclude its WTA season.