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Win surprises Gauff

Updated on: 10 June,2024 08:07 AM IST  |  Paris

After defeating Jasmine Paolini-Sara Errani pair to emerge women’s doubles champion with partner Katerina Siniakova, USA’s Coco says the victory in Paris was one she least expected; Arevalo-Pavic clinch men’s doubles title

Win surprises Gauff

Coco Gauff (left) and Katerina Siniakova after winning the French Open doubles title in Paris yesterday. Pics/AFP

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Win surprises Gauff

French Open singles runner-up Jasmine Paolini suffered another defeat in Sunday’s women’s doubles final as she and partner Sara Errani lost 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to Coco Gauff and Katerina Siniakova. 

First doubles title 

Gauff, the reigning US Open singles champion, won her first Grand Slam doubles title. The 20-year-old American was a losing finalist at the 2021 US Open and 2022 French Open in doubles. Siniakova, 28, captured her eighth Grand Slam doubles crown and third at Roland Garros. She claimed the other seven titles with fellow Czech Barbora Krejcikova. 

Marcelo Arevalo (left) & Mate PavicMarcelo Arevalo (left) & Mate Pavic

‘Today is tough to accept’

“Today is tough to accept,” said Paolini, who was beaten in straight sets by World No. 1 Iga Swiatek in Saturday’s singles final. Gauff entered into a last-minute pairing with Siniakova after Jessica Pegula pulled out due to injury. She said she hadn’t expected to play in the doubles—let alone win it. “I definitely didn’t think it would happen to me, to be frank,” said Gauff, who made the last four in the singles before losing to Swiatek. “I think that was, like, one of the few times in my life after I lost the first two finals, I thought, well, ‘Okay, I reached that point, maybe I should focus on singles.’ It’s just one of those things that when you least expect it to happen, it happens.” 

Meanwhile, El Salvador’s Marcelo Arevalo and Mate Pavic of Croatia beat Italian duo Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori 7-5, 6-3 to win the men’s French Open doubles title.

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