Coco Gauff & Jessica Pegula were eliminated in the first round of the US Open doubles tournament

Second-placed doubles team of Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula are eliminated from the US Open in the first round, losing 3-6, 7-5, 6-7 – with F-BOMBS falling out in the crucial tie-breaker after two let calls against them

  • The top Americans in women’s doubles were upset Thursday night, losing 3-6 5-7 6-7(5) in a match that lasted over two and a half hours.
  • A controversial let call in the tie-break sank Gauff, number 1 in the world. 1 double player
  • The two are both alive in singles as Gauff faces Madison Keys tomorrow

In perhaps the biggest upset of the US Open to date, Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula were knocked out of the women’s doubles competition in the first round.

The pair lost to Canadian and last year’s women’s singles runner-up Leylah Fernandez and her opponent Australia’s Daria Saville 6-3, 5-7, 6-7, going 5-10 in the tiebreak of the final set lost.

Gauff is the No. 1 ranked doubles player in the world and, along with Pegula, the second best women’s doubles team in the world.

The American pair started the game serving back and forth, surviving a break point to win game five.

In the sixth game, Gauff and Pegula broke the other pair’s serve to take a 4-2 lead and never looked back, winning the set 6-3.

World No. 2 doubles pair Coco Gauff (L) and Jessica Pegula (R) are eliminated from the US Open

World No. 2 doubles pair Coco Gauff (L) and Jessica Pegula (R) are eliminated from the US Open

They lost in the first round to Australia's Daria Saville (L) and Canada's Leylah Fernandez (R).

They lost in the first round to Australia’s Daria Saville (L) and Canada’s Leylah Fernandez (R).

They struggled in the following set, going down 1-4 at one point before fighting back to level things at 4-4.

After that win, they lost three of their next four games, including a ninth game by 20 points, to lose the set 5–7.

After trading games back and forth in the third set, the teams went back to a ten-point tiebreak where a controversial “let call” by chair umpire Christian Rask broke the Americans’ momentum.

When the score was 7:5 in the tie-break, a piece of debris floated onto the pitch in the middle of the point played. Saville raised his arm and called for permission. As Gauff was about to hit a point-winning shot, Rask called a let and the point was scrubbed away.

Pegula yelled angrily at the referee over the decision, while Gauff said his call wasn’t fair.

“It’s not fair, you’re taking points away from us for the second time. They’re stealing points from us,” Gauff pleaded.

Pegula, the more perceptive and hot-tempered of the two, launched into something of a little tirade, saying, “[Saville] can’t call let. [Gauff] has a sitter directly on the web. You didn’t call it until [Saville] stopped.’

‘ She screamed in the middle of the point ‘let.’ You can’t even do that, damn it!’

Pegula threw a few more F-Bombs in his direction before continuing to play the point they couldn’t win. The pair lost their next two points to lose the tiebreak.

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Andrew Kugle

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