11 October 2019 18:00
Coco Gauff wanted to play in the Upper Austria Ladies tournament but had to qualify to get into the main draw. She unfortunately lost her second qualifying round to Tamara Korpatsch and decided to continue getting ready for a press conference, but something happened. "It was very surprising because I was supposed to do a press thing today...I had practiced earlier, went back to the hotel and then got a phone call..." The call was for her to replace an injured Maria Sakkari and become a lucky loser in the tournament to be ready in 40 minutes. She was to meet the Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele in the first round since Maria Sakkari couldn't due to a wrist injury. Voegele has been on tour for 16 years and if she though her chances for a round one victory were better now, she ws mistaken.
She approached Voegele with the same competitive drive and even had match point at 5-3 in the second set for the Swiss to win three straight games. Gauff wouldn't give the match over easy and broke back winning the last six points of a tiebreak winning her first career tour-level indoor win 6-3, 7-6. The match had dragged on for two hours but Gauff came out the winner in a lucky loser position. "Today was my lucky day, so I hope I continue to take that luck into whenever I play my second round," she smilingly said. But the second round at Linz was just as dynamic as Gauff matched up with Katerina Kozlova.
The 15-year-old has moved into the main draw for the Luxembourg Open. Gauff was elevated to the main draw after Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber withdrew because of injuries. Sharapova has been struggling with a shoulder injury this year. However, she aggravated the injury again while playing at the Canadian Open in Toronto. Kerber withdrew from the Luxembourg tournament due to a leg injury.
The BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open will start on 14th -20th October. McNally and Gauff won the doubles title in Washington DC Open. She qualified for the opening round as a wild card. The 15-year-old upset the five-time Wimbledon champion in straight sets to qualify for the second round. This week, the American reached the quarterfinals of the Linz Open. She had lost in qualifying for the tournament but entered as a lucky loser after Maria Sakkari withdrew due to injury. The tennis season is fast coming to a close, with the Luxembourg Open one of the last WTA tournaments left before it concludes. The event will see some big names battle it out from October 14 onward but Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova have withdrawn from the tournament. Looking to watch the Luxembourg Open live streaming online? The WTA categorised it under the International Series of its World Tour, making it the first international tennis event in Luxembourg. Luxembourg Open To Miss Angelique Kerber The 2019 Luxembourg Open will see some big names fight it out for the title. This means most of the players looking to make it to the WTA Finals opted to play there. However, Luxembourg Open will have its share of big names too. The tournament will also see last year's winner Julia Goerges return to defend her title. Maria Sharapova Ruled Out of Luxembourg Tennis fans in Luxembourg have will have to make do without Maria Sharapova who has withdrawn from the Luxembourg Open. The Russian has had a problematic season so far with her injury woes which has restricted her from playing too much tennis. She last played at US Open, where Serena Williams beat her comprehensively in the first round 6-1, 6-1. After the crushing defeat at US Open, Sharapova decided to take some time off to get herself fully fit and competitive before returning on tour. Earlier, Sharapova had confirmed she was looking to get back on track from her fitness concerns and was looking to play at this competition. As a result, Cori Gauff has moved into the main draw at the tournament. Gauff will be one of the star attractions as the 15-year-old looks to add on to her performances at Wimbledon and US Open earlier this year. Also joining the draw will be Caty McNally, another 17-year-old. BRUSSELS — Injury-hit Maria Sharapova withdrew from next week's Luxembourg WTA tournament on Thursday, opening the door instead for American teenager Coco Gauff, widely seen as one of the veteran Russian star's future successors as a Grand Slam champion. Five-time major winner and former world number one Sharapova, 32, has been carrying a shoulder injury and hasn't played since a first-round exit at the US Open. With the world 137 out of Luxembourg, and turning her attentions to the 2020 season, 15-year-old Gauff moves into the main draw for the event which starts next Monday. Gauff, who electrified Wimbledon by coming through qualifying on her way to the last-16 in July and then made the third round at the US Open, reached her maiden WTA quarter-final in Linz in Austria on Wednesday, assuring herself of a place in the world top 100 for the first time. Also out of Luxembourg is Germany's world number 13 Angelique Kerber who has a leg injury.