Cori Gauff reacts to making WTA Finals in singles, doubles



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Cori Gauff reacts to making WTA Finals in singles, doubles

Cori Gauff, 18, says she is "super excited" about clinching her maiden WTA Finals berth. On Wednesday, Aryna Sabalenka suffered a second round loss in Guadalajara. Following Sabalenka's loss, Gauff and Caroline Garcia clinched their places at the WTA Finals.

Gauff was also in action on Wednesday, beating Elisabetta Cocciaretto 7-6 (1) 6-3. “I’m just super excited,” Gauff said. Gauff is now set to compete in the singles and doubles events at the WTA Finals. Last week, Gauff and fellow American Jessica Pegula booked a spot for the WTA Finals doubles event.

“I wasn’t really thinking about it before the match, but I’m excited to join Jess [Pegula]," Gauff added.

Gauff set for a double duty in Fort Worth

At the age of 18, Gauff is set to compete in the singles and doubles events of the prestigious season-ending tournament.

Throughout the year, Gauff has had success in both singles and doubles. Gauff and Pegula haven't really played that much this year, but they did enough in their eight tournaments played to book spot at the WTA Finals. This season, Gauff and Pegula have won three doubles titles together.

"It’s a huge honour. When we did well earlier this year we were also doing well in singles. But we were like ‘we want to make year-end Finals for doubles and singles as well.' So I think for us to be able to play doubles is awesome," Pegula said.

For the first time since 2015, there will be an all-American doubles team at the WTA Finals. Gauff and Pegula are happy that they have managed to end that drought. “It’s weird that it’s been that long but we’re happy that we’re able to break that [drought] so hopefully we can do well,” Pegula added.

Gauff and Pegula's focus will primarily be on the singles event, but they will certainly give their best to also win the doubles title at the WTA Finals.