Cori Gauff conquered her maiden career title in Linz beating the 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko in a three-set, championship clash, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. The 15-year-old American player broke through on the Tour at Wimbledon by reaching the fourth round so people are expecting great things from her, but she did not definitely expect to conquer the trophy this week in the Austrian event.
"I’m still overwhelmed and shocked. I guess it’s crazy to say it’s my first WTA title. This was definitely not on the calendar at the beginning of the year, because I didn’t think I’d have a chance to get in, and now I’m the champion, so it’s crazy.
It’s just literally insane that I got in as a lucky loser and now I’m the champion. My dad told me when I got in, before the first main-draw match, he said ‘You can’t lose twice in the same tournament!’.
I’m sure he never thought it would come this far, to being the champion, but I guess he was right!" said Gauff speaking in a press conference. She believes that her better performance in key moments made a difference: "I started off the third set really strong.
It’s been an unbelievable week for me." How will she spend her prize money? She knows it. "I know Halloween is coming up, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year, so I guess I’ll splurge a little bit on my costume and make sure it’s right."