(L-R) Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula pose with the Champions Trophy after their women’s doubles final victory at the 2022 National Bank Open on August 14, 2022 in Toronto.
Coco Gauff got into the habit of being successful at a young age.
Gauff burst onto the world stage as a 15-year-old at Wimbledon in 2019, advancing to the round of 16 before losing to No.7 Simona Halep.
Gauff, now 18, has climbed the world singles and doubles rankings since that magical run at Wimbledon.
The Delray Beach, Fla. native soared to new heights over the weekend as she ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles after she and fellow American Jessica Pegula won the doubles title at the National Bank Open in Toronto.
This makes Gauff the second youngest player to ever win the Women’s Tennis Association doubles ranking No. 1. Martina Hingis achieved the same ranking as a 17-year-old in 1998.
“As a kid, I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t even know there were separate rankings for singles and doubles,” Gauff said at a post-match press conference. . “But when I went on tour and realized I could do doubles well, yeah. …I wanted to. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be No. 1 in anything?
Gauff and Pegula, ranked third, had to battle to win in Toronto against unseeded Nicole Melichar-Martinez of the United States and Ellen Perez of Australia. The American pair fell 3-0 straight away, but rallied to win six of the next seven matches to claim the opening set, 6-4. Melichar-Martinez and Perez took the second set out with a 7-5 tiebreaker. The Americans responded with a 10-5 victory in the tie-break match.
“I’m so happy I was able to help (Gauff) get there today,” said Pegula, a 2020 Olympian who climbed four spots to claim eighth place in the WTA doubles rankings. “I think we’re No. 1 in the race and the top two Americans in singles. So it’s a pretty cool little trip we’re doing together, even though I’m ten years older.
This is the second victory of the WTA season for Gauff and Pegula, the duo having won the doubles title in Doha, Qatar last February. They also made the doubles final at Roland Garros, where they fell to Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic of France. This match came a day after Gauff lost to Poland’s Iga Swiatek in the singles final.