Cori Gauff was not even supposed to play the main draw Linz Open as she had lost in the final round of the qualifying draw before eventually getting back as a lucky loser. The 15-year-old has now reached the final. "This is definitely unreal, my first final on the WTA.
Linz is my special place. Not even in juniors did I ever get into something as a lucky loser -- now I'm in the final. I've had a lot of luck and happiness here", admitted Gauff after her win over Andrea Petkovic in the semifinals.
"This is crazy. I thought I was out in qualifying and now I'm here. This was one of the highest-level matches I've played. Andrea hit a lot of winners and put pressure on me. I was fighting for every point, even at break points down, I just tried to get the serve in and make her play a point."
On hitting a lot of drop shot winners, Gauff added: "I'm not the most confident with it but it worked well today. I think I'll keep using it until it doesn't work so well anymore." Gauff also spoke about her relationship with Catherine McNally who she played doubles with at the US Open: "For me, our friendship is great.
I'm a little bit annoying. Like today, I had so much energy before our match, I was, like, talking so much to Caty. She was kind of listening but not really. But on court, I mean, I think it shows that we have good chemistry.
A lot of the times I know what Caty is doing without us even communicating to each other. I think that's really hard to I guess teach or learn. I think that's just maybe because we're the same age, I don't know. I think having a relationship off court definitely helps us on the court."