Cori Gauff, 18, Reacts To Becoming New Doubles World No. 1

Cori Gauff, 18, reacts to becoming the new doubles world number 1

Cori Gauff says being the top-ranked doubles player is «pretty cool» and admitted that as a child she didn’t even know there were separate rankings for singles and doubles. Last week at the National Bank Open in Toronto, Gauff and compatriot Jessica Pegula claimed the title.

In the Toronto final, Gauff and Pegula defeated Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez 6-4 6-7 (5) 10-5. Gauff entered the final knowing that she would become the new top-ranked doubles player if she and Pegula won the title.

Gauff and Pegula were able to get the job done and the 18-year-old American is now the best doubles player in the world. «Being No. 1 is great. I’m speechless,» Gauff said, according to the WTA website. «Honestly, when I was a kid, I didn’t even know there were separate rankings for singles and doubles.

So as a child, no. But when I went on tour and realized that I could do well in doubles, yes. I didn’t push myself to do it, but I wanted to do it. Who wouldn’t want to be number one at something? But yeah, I would say that when I got on tour and started doing well in doubles and my ranking started to go up, I realized that No.

1 was possible.»

Gauff and Pegula have been successful together

Gauff has played four doubles finals this season and three of those four have been with Pegula as her partner. This season, Gauff and Pegula made it as far as Doha and Toronto, while finishing runners-up at the French Open.

Gauff has been improving his doubles position since the start of the season and now enjoys the highest ranking in the world. «I’m so glad I was able to help. [Gauff] get there today,» Pegula said. «I think we’re No.

1 in Career and the top two Americans in singles. So it’s been a great little ride being together, even though I’m ten years older.” After winning Toronto, Gauff and Pegula are also set to play together at this week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Gauff and Pegula is the fourth seeded team and has a first round bye in the tournament.

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