Coco Gauff and Katerina Siniakova as last minute pairing seal remarkable Roland Garros title

Sunday, 09 June 2024 at 15:24
Coco Gauff and Katerina Siniakova stormed to the title at the 2024 French Open with their last minute pairing winning on Sunday afternoon 7-6(5), 6-3 over Sara Errani and Jasmine Paolini with the latter losing two finals in a row.
It is the first Grand Slam doubles title for Gauff and the eighth for Siniakova. The fifth seeds came together for the draw due to their doubles partners both getting injured. Both struck gold though.
Siniakova has partnered with Storm Hunter at the Billie Jean King Cup in April, while Taylor Townsend injured her ankle in Rabat. Jessica Pegula on the other part of this equation with the American also getting injured preventing Gauff from playing.
Gauff and Siniakova lost just one set in the tournament, the first in the semi-finals against Caroline Dolehide and Desirae Krawczyk which they won 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Gauff and Siniakova trailed in the first set though this time they won it. After twice leading by a break, Gauff and Siniakova were two points away from losing the set 5-4 and also trailed 5-3 in the tie-break.
Now Gauff has finally won both singles and doubles Grand Slam title finally. Ironically in the one tournament that Jessica Pegula couldn't play in.
"Really, I was trying to find an American to play with because Jessie pulled out, and obviously the Olympics are going to be here. My whole plan at the start of the year was to try to play with somebody I could potentially play with at the Olympics," she said.
"That was kind of last-minute thrown out because of Jess's injury. I just wasn't even going to play at first. Then Taylor Townsend unfortunately rolled her ankle. She texted me about playing with Katerina. I was, like, 'Yeah, I'll do it.' Obviously, she's won multiple Slams in this sport, and we could have a good chance."

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