- Coco Gauff has taken advantage of a lucky-loser spot to reach the last eight
- Her opponent in the second round, Kateryna Kozlova, retired in the third set
- Gauff has probably now done enough to book her spot at Australian Open
Coco Gauff will break into top 100 for first time after reaching the quarter-finals of Linz Open
The 15-year-old has taken advantage of her lucky-loser spot to make the last eight
Her second-round opponent Kateryna Kozlova retired with Gauff leading 4-6, 6-4, 2-0
Coco Gauff will break into the top 100 for the first time after reaching the quarter-finals of the Upper Austria Ladies Linz.
The 15-year-old has taken advantage of her lucky-loser spot to make the last eight at a WTA Tour event for the first time.
She had another stroke of luck on Wednesday, with her second-round opponent Kateryna Kozlova retiring with Gauff leading 4-6, 6-4, 2-0.
Gauff should also now have done enough to book her place at the Australian Open in January.
Gauff told wtatour.com: ‘I just want to continue to use these matches to improve. My dad told me he saw improvements even since the US Open.
‘Right now, it’s all about matches for me and getting more matches under my belt, as much as possible. I feel fresh and eager to do well.’
Also in second-round action, German fifth seed Julia Goerges fell 7-6(2), 6-0 to compatriot Andrea Petkovic, and Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina saw off qualifier Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
In first-round games, top seed Kiki Bertens safely advanced with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Misaki Doi of Japan.
Eighth seed Ekaterina Alexandrova, the runner up 12 months ago, defeated Kristyna Pliskova 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 while there were also wins for Jelena Ostapenko and ninth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
At the Tianjin Open, defending champion Caroline Garcia was knocked out in the second round 6-4, 6-2 by China’s Wang Yafan.
It was a lone highlight for the home country, with Wang Xinyu losing to Rebecca Peterson and Wang Xiyu beaten by Ons Jabeur.
Sixth seed Yulia Putintseva was in good form, easing past Sam Stosur 6-1, 6-2.