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Coco Gauff reaches semifinals for first time

Citi Open - Qualifying 2

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Cori Gauff waves to the crowd after defeating Hiroko Kuwata of Japan during qualifying for the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on July 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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LINZ, Austria -- American teenager Coco Gauff advanced to her first WTA semifinal match by beating top-seeded Kiki Bertens 7-6 (1), 6-4 Friday at the Upper Austria Ladies.

The 15-year-old Gauff, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon and third round at the U.S. Open, earned her first win over a top-10 player against the eighth-ranked Bertens.

Gauff called Linz “my little lucky place.”

“Today was my first top-10 win, so I’m super proud of myself for that,” Gauff said.

Gauff is the youngest woman to reach the semifinals at a WTA event since Nicole Vaidisova won in Tashkent in 2004. She will next play Andrea Petkovic, who beat Viktoria Kuzmova 6-4, 6-1.

Eighth-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-4, and Jelena Ostapenko defeated Elena Rybakina 7-5, 6-1.