Jennifer Brady reached the first WTA final of her career on Saturday, with American teenaged prodigy a 6-2, 6-4 victim at the WTA Lexington tournament.

Gauff, the heavy favorite in the social distance, no-fan event, failed to move through as predicted as tennis starts the recovery from a five-month COVID-19 lockdown which only ended last week in Sicily.

Brady, 25 and ranked just inside the Top 50, won her first Tour semi-final in four attempts, taking 71 minutes to oust Gauff and move into a final with two-time WTA champion Jil Teichmann of Switzerland.

“To be honest Jen just played a great match. I can take away a lot from this week in general,” the 53rd-ranked Gauff said.

“I learned a lot. I couldn’t ask for a better first week back. 

“The whole goal is just to be in the prime for the US Open and I think that these are good stepping stones.”

The winner fired eight aces, losing serve only once and converting on four of eight break chances.

Brady and Teichmann take perfect record into the Sunday final, with both moving through in straight sets.


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