Coco Gauff reaches the highest of the ladies’s doubles rankings with Canadian Open victory
The pair defeated Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 10-5 in Sunday’s closing, which was determined by a match tie-break.
At 18 years and 154 days previous, Gauff is the second-youngest participant in WTA historical past to succeed in the highest of the doubles rankings after Switzerland’s Martina Hingis, who was 17 years and 251 days previous.
“Being No. 1 is fairly cool,” Gauff advised reporters after claiming her second doubles title with Pegula and fifth general.
“I’ve no phrases. I did not actually comprehend it was coming this week and what I needed to do, however (Pegula) advised me yesterday. It did not make me extra nervous although. I feel if it was singles, I’d have been extra nervous.”
Gauff and Pegula, who’re additionally the top-ranked American singles gamers, fell 3-0 behind within the first set of Sunday’s closing in Toronto, however gained six of the subsequent seven video games to take an early lead.
That they had six championship factors within the second set, however Melichar-Martinez and Perez held on to pressure a deciding tie-break. The match appeared evenly poised at 6-5, earlier than Gauff and Pegula pulled away to clinch the title.
Whereas most gamers are inclined to concentrate on both singles or doubles all through their careers, Gauff has competed throughout each disciplines and reached the singles and doubles finals at this yr’s French Open.
“As a child, I will be trustworthy with you, I did not even know there have been separate rankings for singles and doubles,” she stated. “However once I bought on tour and once I realized I may do effectively in doubles … I wished to. I imply, who would not need to be No. 1 in something?”