The American's amazing 2022 keeps getting better, and 18-year-old Gauff is following in her footsteps. By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday, October 14, 2022
Jessica Pegula will be pulling double duty at this year’s WTA Finals in Fort Worth.
The American clinched her berth in the doubles, alongside partner Coco Gauff on Thursday night in San Diego, as the pair got past Liudmila Samsonova and Sofia Kenin, 6-2, 7-6(3).
We've got 3️⃣ doubles teams joining the @WTAFinals lineup 🏁
The American duo captured the doubles title in Doha, Toronto and reached the finals at Roland-Garros. pic.twitter.com/yc0XFU8Cyn
— wta (@WTA) October 14, 2022
Gauff, who is currently fourth in the WTA singles race, could ensure singles qualification with an upset win over Iga Swiatek on Friday in San Diego. Even if she can’t get past the World No.1 the 18-year-old is in the driver’s seat to join Pegula in the field.
“It’s a huge achievement for me in both singles and doubles,” Pegula said. “And to do it with another American is really cool. I’m just super-happy. It’s paying off, all my hard work and all the matches I’ve played this year. It’s been a long year, and it’s just a great reward.”
Pegula, who reached the singles semifinals in San Diego on Friday with a win over Madison Keys, has played 91 matches in 2022.
She is 36-16 in singles and 29-10 in doubles.
Five doubles teams have already qualified for the WTA Finals, which will begin on October 31.
- Krejcikova / Siniakova
- Dabrowski / Olmos
- Kichenok/ Ostapenko
- Kudermetova / Mertens
- Pegula / Gauff
Kudermetova, currently in 8th in the singles race, could join Pegula and Gauff as players to be entered in both singles and doubles.