Coco Gauff beats top seed Bertens, reaches Linz Open semis

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She was also the youngest woman to reach the semifinals since Nicole Vaidisova in 2004.

She plays top seed Kiki Bertens on Friday for a place in the last four.

The Latvian has endured a miserable season and has dropped outside the top 70 but, working with former Wimbledon victor Marion Bartoli, this week has seen a resurgence. Andrea hit lots of winners and put strain on me.

"This is definitely unreal, my first final on the WTA", Gauff said after her win, according to Agence France-Presse.

"It's insane", he said after the match.

"This is insane", Gauff added after winning in 92 minutes.

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Under normal circumstances, Coco Gauff wouldn't have made the main draw at this week's tournament in Linz, Austria.

"I didn't have any nerves until the match points came along".

Gauff showed plenty of variety in her game as she beat the 75th-ranked Petkovic, relying frequently on well-executed drop shots.

It was a mighty close encounter and Gauff had the upper hand in the pivotal moments, fending off both break points she faced and taking the opening set with a dominant 7-1 display in the tie break.

Gauff was never threatened by her more experienced opponent, who owns titles this season at St Petersburg and Madrid and reached the Beijing semi-finals last week before returning to Europe. Turning up her aggression in the tie break, Gauff burst through six straight points to seize a one-set lead.

Her mother arrived in time to watch her daughter, flying in from Luxembourg after arriving from Florida.

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