American teens Coco Gauff and Caty McNally were beaten in the round of 16 of the US Open women's doubles event on Friday by the No. 3 seeds Nicole Melichar and Xu Yifan - marking the end of the event for Gauff even as her partner McNally advanced to the third round of the singles event for the first time in her career.
Coco Gauff and Caty McNally go down in the US Open doubles event
Taking on the more experienced team of Nicole Melichar and Xu Yifan, who also beat Gauff and McNally in the doubles event at the Western & Southern Open which was held just prior to this tournament, the American duo came up short once again - going down in two tie-breaks on Friday.
While Gauff was beaten in the first round of the women's singles event, McNally, a rising 18-year-old from Cincinnati, upset the No. 21 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova, of Russia, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) in a rain-delayed match to reach the singles third round.
This is the first time that McNally has reached the third round of the singles draw at a Grand Slam event in her young career so far. In other women's doubles matches on Friday, former US Open doubles champion Vera Zvonareva is through to the quarter-finals with partner Laura Siegemund, after they upset the No.
7 seeds Victoria Azarenka and Sofia Kenin in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3. Eighth seeds Anna-Lena Friedsam and Katerina Siniakova were also upset by the Russian duo Anna Blinkova and Veronika Kudermetova 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Americans Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend did advance to the quarter-finals, after taking out Lucie Hradecka and Andreja Klepac, 6-3, 6-7, 6-0.
On the men's side, third seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury, who won the Australian Open in January, defeated the American brothers Christian and Ryan Harrison, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals. In other men's doubles matches, Christopher Eubanks and Mackenzie McDonald defeated Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3.
Eighth seeds Nikola Mektic and Wesley Koolhof, and the all-Belgian team Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen also advanced to the quarter-finals. Indian veteran Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov scored a win over their American rivals Ernesto Escobedo and Noah Rubin 6-2, 6-4 in their first match of the doubles event.
The US Open doubles draw has been cut down to 32 teams this year due to the global health crisis. (Image Credit - US Open)