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15-year-old Coco Gauff claims maiden WTA title at Linz Open after beating Jelena Ostapenko

Teenage sensation Coco Gauff made history on Sunday by winning her first ever WTA title at the tender age of just 15 at the Linz Open.

The American, who became the youngest player to reach a WTA final since Czech Nicole Vaidisova in 2004, overcame 2017 French Open champion 6-3 1-6 6-2 in the final.

After defending two break points in her opening service game, the American raced away into a 3-0 lead after claiming the break early on.

Teenage sensation Coco Gauff has become the youngest WTA Tour winner in 42 years

Ostapenko started to find her feet, getting on board for 3-1 but the Latvian couldn't fightback enough as Gauff served out confidently to take the first set.

But Ostapenko flipped the script in the second, and after saving a break in the first game, she stormed away to emphatically claim the set 6-1.

However, Gauff showed her fighting spirit and winners mentality from the off in the third, not giving the 22-year-old a sniff to claim her signature title. 

It has capped a remarkable journey for Gauff, who incredibly only qualified for the tournament as a Lucky Loser, after an injury to former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber.    

The youngest-ever winner of a WTA Tour title remains two-time US Open champion Tracy Austin, aged just 14, at Portland back in 1977.

More to follow... 

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