Daily Express

Double-quick disappoint­ment for Gauff

- By Neil McLeman

COCO GAUFF targeted winning her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon after losing singles and doubles finals at the French Open.

Gauff, 18, and fellow American Jessica Pegula were beaten 2-6 6-3 6-2 by French pair Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic yesterday.

It was her second defeat in less than 24 hours on Court Philippe-Chatrier, after she went down 6-1 6-3 to world No.1 Iga Swiatek in the singles.

Gauff, far right, who shot to fame as a 15-year-old at SW19 in 2019, lost her first Grand Slam final in last year’s US Open women’s doubles final. But the new world No.13 said: “I had a lot of fun – it was the best atmosphere I have ever played in. Hopefully we can play another final – maybe at Wimbledon. That is my third final – hopefully I can get one.”

Swiatek extended her winning streak to 35 matches to equal the best run this century, achieved by Venus Williams in 2000.

The Pole is planning to take time off back in Warsaw and is scheduled to play next at the Bett1Open in Berlin, which starts a week today, in her build-up to Wimbledon. The 21-year-old has not gone beyond the fourth round in two appearance­s at SW19 but says the pressure will be off when she competes on the grass. Swiatek, left, said: “My coach believes I can win more matches on grass. I don’t know about that yet. “Grass is always tricky. I actually like the part that I have no expectatio­ns. It’s refreshing.

“I’m just going to prepare my best and maybe with his experience­s that Tomasz [Wiktorowsk­i] had with Aga Radwanska on her favourite surface, he’s going to give me some tips that are going to be helpful, and I’m going to enjoy playing on grass a bit more.”

Britain’s Alfie Hewett and

Gordon Reid won the men’s wheelchair doubles for a 10th Grand Slam crown in a row.

The top seeds defended their title with a 7-6 7-6 victory over Shingo Kunieda and Gustavo Fernandez.

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