Pegula Defends Gauff, Swears In Face Of Umpire &Quot;Stealing Points&Quot; In Crucial Tie-Break

Pegula defends Gauff, swears to referee to «steal points» in crucial tiebreaker


Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff, facing the pairing of Leylah Fernandez and Daria Saville, were forced to attack an important referee’s decision in the deciding tiebreak of the first round of doubles at the US Open.

As the score was 7-5 for Fernandez-Saville in the final-set championship tie-break and Gauff was preparing to smash an easy ball near the net, Daria Saville yelled ‘let’s go’ as a piece of debris entered the field.

Gauff and Saville immediately went to the referee to protest.

«Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula accused the referee of ‘stealing points’ after he allowed the opposition to call ‘let’ during the middle of a point.

Gauff and Pegula lost the third set championship tiebreak,” Eurosport described the event. “It’s not fair, they’re taking points away from us for the second time. You’re stealing points from us,» Gauff said.

Pegula, irritated by the decision, used a more aggressive language.

«[Saville] I can’t call let. [Gauff] has a babysitter right above the net. You didn’t call him until [Saville] stopped. She yelled in the middle of the ‘let’ point. You can’t even do that!” Pegula said.

Gauff and Pegula lost the match.

The final result was 6-2, 5-7, 6-7 (5-10) for the Fernández-Saville couple, reserving a meeting with Galfi/Pera, the couple that defeated the Zimmerman/Zanevska couple, in the next round. . At the time of their elimination from doubles competition, both Gauff and Pegula were still alive in singles.

Gauff and Pegula won the title in Toronto

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.

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.



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