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Teenager Coco Gauff has been the youngest player to win a WTA title in 15 years with success in the Linz Open.
The 15-year-old American beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 1-6 6-2 and can be projected to maneuver inside the worlds top 75.
After losing in the final round of qualifying gauff qualified for the draw.
It has been an awesome week, I hope to come back again. I will remember this moment for the remainder of my life, said Atlanta-born Gauff.
After she beat against five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round, the child, who rose at Wimbledon this year, emulates Nicole Vadisova, that was 15 when she won her maiden WTA title in 2004 in Tashkent.
Gauff held two break points in her opening service game before breaking Ostapenko at another to take charge of the opening set.
However, 22-year-old Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, hit back in the second set, breaking Gauff three occasions before levelling the match with a professional.
The teenager rallied from the decider breaking to lead 5-0. Ostapenko saved two match points then broke Gauff to want to track 5-2.
Coach and her father, Corey Gauff, then came on court to present his daughter a encouragement. He explained:Just relax, youre not going to sprint to the finish line, so you are likely to walk to the finish line.
Trust your own shots. Calm down, take your mind into a practice match, to some other place. About negatives consider advantages, just play, dont think. Yesterday if you understand youd 5-2 youd take that, youre in control
She broke , winning title and the match when Ostapenko sent a forehand long.
Thank you so much to my loved ones and team for their support, youre always with me every step along the way, she said.
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