French Open: Doubles too eludes Coco Gauff
French pair Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic recovered from a set down to beat Americans Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday and lift the French Open women’s doubles title for the second time.
For Gauff it was a second final defeat in less than 24 hours after the 18-year-old lost in straight sets to top seed Iga Swiatek in Saturday’s singles final.
Garcia and Mladenovic won the title in 2016. For Mladenovic it was the fourth women’s doubles crown at Roland Garros after triumphing in 2019 and 2020 too with Timea Babos. She now has six major doubles titles including the Australian Open in 2018 and 2020.
The Americans, who had lost only one set en route to the final, were broken at the start but quickly recovered to race into a 3-1 lead. Mladenovic sunk a volley into the net to give them a 4-2 advantage and another break put Gauff and Pegula in control, sealing the set when Garcia sailed a forehand long on the second set point.
Gauff, the youngest doubles finalist in Paris in 21 years, could do nothing to stop their opponents’ run.