Tennis

Gauff, 15, wins first title as “lucky loser”

The 15-year-old from Florida became the youngest WTA winner since Nicole Vaidisova in 2004 when she downed 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in Linz, Austria, on Sunday. Follow @cnnsport Gauff lost in the qualifying rounds but still made the tournament's main draw after another player pulled out with an injury. She then proceeded to reach her first quarterfinal, get her first top-10 win and bag her first title."I'll definitely remember this moment for the rest of my life," Gauff told the crowd. Gauff had to wait to fully celebrate because the final point ended on an Ostapenko challenge. But once the match was official she raised her arms in celebration and let out a big smile as she looked at her box, where dad Corey and mom Candi were watching. READ: Naomi Osaka chooses to represent Japan at OlympicsThey wore white T-shirts from her clothing sponsor New Balance with the slogan, "Call me Coco." And now you can call her a tour winner.

Prize money boost

Gauff collected a check of $43,000, no doubt a fraction of what she is set to earn from sponsors in the coming years. Her management company is Team 8, the firm set up by Roger Federer and his longtime agent Tony Godsick. The phones were ringing off the hook, said Godsick, during Gauff's success in July at Wimbledon that earned her worldwide fame. Back then Gauff went through qualifying rounds before upsetting one of her idols, Venus Williams. If that wasn't enough, she also saved several match points later in defeating Polona Hercog. Ratings for her matches from host broadcaster the BBC soared. The eyes were similarly on Gauff at the US Open in August, where she lost in the third round to defending champion Naomi Osaka.READ: Clijsters to come out of retirement Gauff joined the likes of grand slam champions Maria Sharapova, Justine Henin and Petra Kvitova in winning in Linz, her first event since New York.

A three-set battle

Ostapenko, whose form has dipped since winning the French Open, had the momentum heading into the finRead More – Source