Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula are in the doubles semifinals of the Australian Open
“Get rid of steam from the individuals!”: Coco Gauff shakes off the disappointment and secures a place in the doubles semi-finals of the Australian Open… while her playing partner Jessica Pegula celebrates the 18-year-old as “MVP” in straight sentences
Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula shook off their “steam” after losing in singles to earn a quit job in doubles at the Australian Open.
The American pair spun in a 51-minute masterclass to advance to the semifinals, defeating Yang Zhaoxuan and Chan Hao-ching 6-1, 6-1.
Gauff and Pegula, No. 2 in Melbourne women’s doubles, lost just five points on serve as they put behind their bitter disappointment at the singles defeat that moved 18-year-old Gauff to tears.
Coco Gauff (left) put on an MVP performance in the Australian Open women’s doubles
Gauff and teammate Jessica Pegula (left) made it to the semifinals in just 51 minutes
Gauff said on Instagram that she would “let off singles steam” in her performance
“It was perfect,” Pegula said in her on-pitch interview. “I don’t think Coco missed a ball, it felt like she took over the game today. She gets MVP today, she was amazing.’
Writing on her Instagram story, Gauff joked that her elite game was due to her “getting rid of steam from singles” where she was beaten by Yelena Ostapenko in the fourth round.
Pegula and Gauff weren’t concerned about the lack of warm-ups together leading up to this slam – and their carefree approach showed on the pitch.
The match started with a love hold and they quickly took a 5-0 lead, eventually completing the opening set in a quick 23 minutes.
It would prove a bit more difficult from there – the first game of the second set alone lasted 27 minutes – but Gauff, a former world No. 1 in doubles, thrives in this environment.
Pegula (left) and Gauff (right) were reckless at Margaret Court Arena to win 6-1, 6-1
Pegula and Gauff meet Japanese duo Ena Shibahara and Shuko Aoyama in the semifinals
Back in the driver’s seat, it was a cross-court winner with a backhand at the net that sealed victory for the Americans, ending the win in 51 minutes.
They made just nine total unforced errors in the match.
“We played great here. We got through a difficult first round and we hope to continue,” Pegula added.
“We’re still here, still a little bit upset about our individual games and that’s what drives us to come out here and play better, especially together.
“We want to do our best to win the tournament.”
Pegula and Gauff meet Japanese pairing Ena Shibahara and Shuko Aoyama in the semifinals, with a potential clash with top seeded Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková in the final.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-11675273/Coco-Gauff-Jessica-Pegula-book-spot-Australian-Open-doubles-semi-finals.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula are in the doubles semifinals of the Australian Open