The American Cori 'Coco' Gauff , 15 years and seven months, repescada of the previous phase, and in her first final of a WTA tournament took the title in Linz (Austria) to beat the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko on Sunday, 6-3, 1-6 and 6-2 in one hour and 39 minutes.
With this title, achieved before the champion of Roland Garros in 2017 , 'Coco' becomes the youngest winner of a WTA title since the Czech Nicole Vaidisova in October 2004 in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), and the earliest eighth in the history.
The victory in Linz catapults the American from the 110th place in the world to 71 that she will occupy on Monday. His next appointment will be the WTA of Luxembourg, this next week, where the loss of the Russian Maria Sharapova has led to its entry into the main draw.
Finalist of the 2017 US Open Junior and winner of Roland Garros in this same category the following year, this Sunday 'Coco' changed the tears of the US Open when he gave in to the Japanese Naomi Osaka in the third round, for an immense joy to win his First tournament in Linz.
Gone is also his adventure in this Wimbledon , when he also left the previous phase, he beat Venus Williams in the center and the Polish Polona Hercog, after recovering from a set down and an unfavorable 5-2 in the second set in a prodigious comeback . He fell in the round of 16 at the Central of the All England Club against the Romanian Simona Halep, in the end champion. But the public fired her as a future winner in the British great.
" Trust yourself, " his father told him this Sunday after losing two match balls (5-1) in the last set, where he had a 5-0 lead, and the little one from Atlanta paid attention to him. His game, much safer than Ostapenko's in that final stretch, provided him with the victory. "I haven't given the level I expected today," said Ostapenko, now trained by France's Marion Bartoli, at the trophy delivery ceremony, where Gauff was acclaimed by the public.
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