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At 18 years and 154 days outdated, Gauff is the second-youngest participant in WTA historical past to achieve the highest of the doubles rankings after Switzerland’s Martina Hingis, who was 17 years and 251 days outdated.

“Being No. 1 is pretty cool,” Gauff instructed reporters after claiming her second doubles title with Pegula and fifth general.

“I have no words. I didn’t really know it was coming this week and what I had to do, but (Pegula) told me yesterday. It didn’t make me more nervous though. I think if it was singles, I would have been more nervous.”

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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 following seven video games to take an early lead.

They’d six championship factors within the second set, however Melichar-Martinez and Perez held on to drive 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 likely to give attention to 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 kid, I’m going to be honest with you, I didn’t even know there were separate rankings for singles and doubles,” she mentioned. “But when I got on tour and when I realized I could do well in doubles … I wanted to. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be No. 1 in anything?”