CORI “COCO” Gauff bounced back from her 1st round singles defeat to claim the Luxembourg Open Doubles title with American compatriot Cathy McNally on Saturday (October 19).
The 15-year-old teamed up with her fellow teenager to see off the no.2 seeded pair of USA’s Kaitlyn Christian and Chile’s Alexa Guarachi 6-2, 6-2 in a quickfire final.
Gauff, who arrived at the Luxembourg Open full of hope after capturing her maiden WTA Tour title by stunning 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia at Austria’s Linz Open final, was delivered the knockout blow in the Singles.
The rising star, who became the youngest player to win a WTA Tour title in 15 years just four days before facing Anna Blinkova, was brushed aside in an hour by the Russian no.8 seed.
Her defeat at least allowed her to concentrate on doubles and, in only her fourth tournament partnering McNally, the duo claimed their second WTA Tour crown this season.
The Americans needed just 54 minutes to pick up the top prize, although required five championship points. McNally was unable to seal success on her serve at 5-1, 40-15, but the pair broke Christian’s service game for a sensational victory and highlighted how versatile Gauff is.