Coco Gauff upsets Kiki Bertens to become youngest WTA semi-finalist since 2004

TEEN tennis sensation Coco Gauff has reached her first WTA semi-final becoming the youngest for 15 years.

The American, 15, beat Dutch top seed Kiki Bertens at the Upper Austria Ladies tournament and will play Germany’s Andrea Petkovic in the final four.

Coco Gauff became the youngest woman to reach a WTA semi-final for 15 years in Austria

She won 7-6 6-4 in her final eight match against the world No8 and is guaranteed to break into the world top 100.

Gauff was only six months old when Nicole Vaidisova won the Tashkent Open in Uzbekistan in 2004 the last time the feat was achieved.

The Atlantan enjoyed a well-earned slice of cake during her pre-match press conference on Thursday.

But she is rising faster than a Victoria Sponge in the tennis world, and could win the majority of the 197,000 prize money on offer in Austria.

Gauff made headlines earlier this summer, when she won through to the fourth round after beating Venus Williams in the first.

She was knocked out by eventual winner Simona Halep three rounds later after suffering from stomach cramps.

And Gauff bagged her first title after clinching the Washington Open women’s doubles with fellow American teen Catherin McNally.

The pair were wildcard entrants but swept aside fourth seeds Maria Sanchez and Fanny Stollar in the final.

Coco Gauff enjoyed a slice of cake ahead of her win in the last eight

She said: “I think for me, and I think for both of us [the title] means a lot.

“Obviously we want to do well in singles, but I think we just love competing in general, so whether it’s singles or doubles, we want to win no matter what.

“We get as nervous in doubles as we do in singles because we just want to make the other one proud.”

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