Coco Gauff lands first WTA title


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America’s rising star Coco Gauff has revealed her delight as she and compatriot Catherine McNally secured victory in the Washington Open women’s doubles.

Having wowed the Wimbledon crowd with her efforts to reach the fourth round of the singles at SW19 earlier this summer, promising talent Gauff has now earned her very first WTA title with victory in Washington DC.

This was the 15-year-old’s first main-draw appearance since she managed to overcome former Wimbledon champion Venus Williams on her way to the last 16 at the All England Club.

Having seen off Hungary’s Fanny Stollar and American Maria Sanchez 6-2 6-2 in Saturday’s final, Gauff – who was knocked out in the first round of the singles in Washington – was delighted to secure the title in the capital alongside her doubles partner McNally.

“I think for me, and I think for both of us, [the title] means a lot,” Gauff said.

“Obviously we want to do well in singles, but I think we just love competing in general, so whether it’s singles or doubles, we want to win no matter what.

“We get as nervous in doubles as we do in singles because we just want to make the other one proud.”

Gauff will now be building towards making the US Open, with the teenager looking to continue where she left off at Wimbledon at Flushing Meadows, New York. The final Grand Slam event of 2019 starts in the Big Apple on August 26.

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