Gauff downs Petkovic to reach first WTA final
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.
Gauff is also in the doubles draw alongside her familiar partner Caty McNally.