Gauff, who just entered the area as a lucky loser after failing to be eligible, finished a fantasy week at Linz in front of a supportive audience to become the youngest player to win a WTA event because Czech Nicole Vaidisova, who succeeded in Vancouver and Tashkent two weeks apart from 2004.
“I will remember this day for the remainder of my life,” the thrilled Gauff said after having a minutes-long standing ovation out of 3,000 audiences.
“I had a wonderful week and I expect to return later on.”
Gauff will take up from 110 in the ranks into the 80s, based on WTA calculations, even after becoming the youngest American to make a WTA trophy since Jennifer Capriati in Toronto 1991, almost three years ago.
The hype surrounding the child has grown this season after strong performances this summer at the Wimbledon and the US Open, where she had been defeated in the next round by defending winner Naomi Osaka, along with her screens at Linz have enthralled tennis lovers.
Gauff needed to earn a comeback in the last after crossing the opening series but discarding function three occasions in the next as 2017 Roland Garros winner Ostapenko leveled.
However, she came alive in the third group, going two breaks before her competitor was able to save a set of game points while monitoring 5-1.
Ostapenko asserted herself using a break to make the score 5-2 in the third but was not able to expand her fightback, Gauff final out success a match afterward as Hawk-Eye digital line calling dominated an Ostapenko reunite on the next match point.
“You have a bright future, it was a joy to share the courtroom with you now.
“This was a difficult week for me personally, but I am so thankful to have made it into the closing, even if the outcome wasn’t exactly what I desired.”
Together with her debut week on the European indoor circuit a roaring success, Gauff is currently scheduled to compete in Luxembourg to wrap her up WTA season.