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Just 15, Coco Gauff tops Ostapenko for 1st WTA singles title

LINZ, Austria (AP) – Coco Gauff continues to be simply 15. She is also already the proprietor of a WTA singles title.

The American beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 within the remaining of the Upper Austria Ladies match Sunday, making Gauff the youngest winner of a singles trophy on the WTA tour since 2004.

“This is a special moment for me,” Gauff stated.

And Gauff managed to do it after shedding within the final spherical of qualifying, then shifting into the principle draw as a “lucky loser” when one other participant withdrew from the sector.

“I’m still overwhelmed and shocked,” Gauff stated, in accordance with the WTA’s web site. “I guess it’s crazy to say it’s my first WTA title. This was definitely not on the calendar at the beginning of the year, because I didn’t think I’d have a chance to get in, and now I’m the champion, so it’s crazy.”



This week’s run, which together with a victory over Kiki Bertens for her preliminary top-10 win, was the most recent spectacular efficiency for Gauff, who’s now anticipated to rise inside the highest 75 when the brand new WTA rankings are launched Monday.

She was simply 313th when Wimbledon started on July 1. That’s the place she actually burst onto the scene because the youngest qualifier in match historical past, then beat five-time champion Venus Williams alongside the way in which to creating all of it the way in which to the fourth spherical.

Gauff claimed her first WTA doubles title at Washington in August, pairing with Caty McNally, earlier than attending to the third spherical in singles on the U.S. Open.

Gauff is now the youngest girl to win a WTA singles championship since Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic earned two by the age of 15 years, 5 months in 2004.

Ostapenko, who’s 22, has been ranked as excessive as No. 5 and at the moment is No. 72. She has received two tour-level titles, the primary coming at Roland Garros 2½ years in the past.

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