FILE – In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, Coco Gauff, of the United States, celebrates after defeating Timea Babos, of Hungary, in the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. The American teenager advanced to her first WTA final by beating Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at the Upper Austria Ladies in Linz, Austria. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)LINZ, Austria — Coco Gauff is still just 15. She also is already the owner of a WTA singles title.The American beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in the final of the Upper Austria Ladies tournament Sunday, making Gauff the youngest winner of a singles trophy on the WTA tour since 2004.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees “This is a special moment for me,” Gauff said.And Gauff managed to do it after losing in the last round of qualifying, then moving into the main draw as a “lucky loser” when another player withdrew from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I’m still overwhelmed and shocked,” Gauff said, according to the WTA’s website. “I guess it’s crazy to say it’s my first WTA title. This was definitely not on the calendar at the beginning of the year, because I didn’t think I’d have a chance to get in, and now I’m the champion, so it’s crazy.”This week’s run, which including a victory over Kiki Bertens for her initial top-10 win, was the latest impressive performance for Gauff, who is now expected to rise inside the top 75 when the new WTA rankings are released Monday. LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down She was just 313th when Wimbledon began on July 1. That’s where she really burst onto the scene as the youngest qualifier in tournament history, then beat five-time champion Venus Williams along the way to making it all the way to the fourth round.Gauff claimed her first WTA doubles title at Washington in August, pairing with Caty McNally, before getting to the third round in singles at the U.S. Open.Gauff is now the youngest woman to win a WTA singles championship since Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic earned two by the age of 15 years, 5 months in 2004.Ostapenko, who is 22, has been ranked as high as No. 5 and currently is No. 72. She has won two tour-level titles, the first coming at Roland Garros 2½ years ago. ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Rockets focused on basketball after fallout from GM’s tweet Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images
Share This!It’s Wednesday again, and we’re putting you in the driver’s seat for another round of Ask It!Last week we asked you:Which of the following WDW Splurges is the best use of money?Truthfully, any would have been a great Valentine’s Surprise, but here’s how more than 700 of you voted (in order from least to greatest):Senses Spa Day (9%)Victoria & Albert’s (24%)Private Tour Guide (30%)Staying Club Level (37%)Spa DayIn general, I’ve found that people either love spa days or don’t see the point or enjoyment in a spa day. For me, I enjoy spending time in the Rainforest Room on a Disney cruise, but I’m not as fond of interaction with estheticians, so spa days would be a waste of money for me. Many people who were fans of spa days commented that you can get a spa treatment anywhere–the experience at Disney isn’t all that unique at any of the Senses Spa locations at Walt Disney World.Victoria & Albert’sVictoria and Albert’s offers an elegant dining experience. Photo Courtesy of Disney. For my husband’s birthday one year, we did the splurge at Victoria and Albert’s, and it is something that I’ll gladly roll pennies for a few years to save up and have another experience there. More than any other meal that we’ve had anywhere, we still talk about some of the unique parts of our meal there. (On Living with the Land, they are growing fiddlehead ferns, so every time our boat passes by, I remind everyone with me that I tried fiddlehead ferns for the first time at Victoria and Albert’s. Not sure how that rates in the world of humblebrags.) Hands down, the food is excellent, and although the price tag is steep, somehow it ends up feeling like you got your money’s worth at the end. Moreover, beyond the food, the intimate setting with a lovely live musician (like the harpist playing the theme from Star Wars) and some of the unique presentations of food and drink makes it an experience that goes beyond “just a meal”. One down side for some people is the required dress code–not everyone wants to dress up in their Sunday finest on a hot and humid August night on their vacation in Florida.Private Tour GuideWhether you look at a private tour guide as “renting a Plaid” (the tongue-in-cheek phrase many people used to refer to hiring official Disney VIP tour guides who often wear plaid) or taking one of Disney’s exclusive behind-the-scenes tours such as Keys to the Kingdom or Wild Africa Trek, the consensus of people who have spent the money on this type of splurge is that it is well worth the price tag. For the VIP tour guide, you not only get someone who truly knows the ins and outs of the parks, but the ability to bypass lines and ride favorite attractions multiple times. The behind-the-scenes tours offer unique experiences outside of a “normal” day in the parks.Staying Club LevelStaying Club Level provides many little extras, like food and beverage offerings throughout the day, including afternoon wine selections.In the end, when it comes to splurge, there is something about saying that you are staying Club Level at a Disney resort that really feels like a splurge. My first time staying Club Level, I loved pulling out that gold Key to the World card any time I could. (Yes, I was staying on DVC points, but no one needed to know that! Maybe that is DVC’s best kept secret?) Each Club Level lounge offers food throughout the day, including a sampling of foods in the evening from the signature restaurants at that resort. And while you could probably dine at one of those restaurants for the price difference that you pay for the Club Level room, there’s a level of attentiveness from the concierge staff that really can make this a grand experience. It really is the definition of a splurge–doing something for yourself that makes you feel like you’re experiencing the better things in life–and that may be why it took the top slot in this week’s votes.Ready for another poll? As Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts wraps up and the plants start popping up for Flower and Garden, we’re curious about what is your favorite event at Epcot. This week’s poll is:My favorite special event at Epcot is:Festival of the ArtsFlower and GardenFood and WineHolidays Around the WorldHead over to Twitter to vote, or leave your thoughts in the comments here or on Facebook. And in the meantime, share with us your favorite Walt Disney World splurge.