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Gauff closes in on first WTA title after beating top seed Bertens in Austria

Gauff closes in on first WTA title after beating top seed Bertens in Austria

11/10/2019 at 16:04Updated 11/10/2019 at 20:09

Coco Gauff produced a brilliant display to beat top seed Kiki Bertens in straight sets and reach the Linz Open semi-finals in Austria.

The 15-year-old, who will break into the world’s top 100 on the back of her run this week, beat world number eight Bertens 7-6(1) 6-4.

Gauff is projected to rank 89th on Monday, although that will rise should she progress to the final.

Video - Gauff secures first win against top-10 opponent when sinking Bertens


The American, who reached the second week at Wimbledon earlier this year, is now just two wins away from her first-ever WTA title having made her debut on Tour in March at the Miami Open.

She only qualified for this week’s tournament as a lucky loser after a late withdrawal from Maria Sakkari, but she now faces Andrea Petkovic for a place in the final.

Video - 'It's my biggest win... ever!' Gauff reaches first WTA final after beating Bertens


Petkovic needed just over an hour to beat Viktoria Kuzmova 6-4 6-1 earlier on Friday.

Meanwhile, Jelena Ostapenko's impressive run continued as she beat Elena Rybakina 7-5 6-1.

She faces Ekaterina Alexandrova, who brushed Kristina Mladenovich aside 6-2 6-4 to reach the semi-finals.

Video - Highlights: Ostapenko's impressive run continues with win over Rybakina


Video - Highlights: Alexandrova brushes Mladenovich aside


Video - Highlights: Petkovic too good for Kuzmova