By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — As a teary Coco Gauff congratulated her opponents on their girls’s doubles title on the U.S. Open, she demonstrated the age hole that had been on the courtroom.
Sam Stosur, she revealed, was the primary pro tennis participant to offer her an autograph.
“Little little bit of a scary thought,” the 37-year-old Stosur stated.
Stosur would not let the 17-year-old Gauff get her first Grand Slam title.
Stosur and Zhang Shuai beat Gauff and Caty McNally 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at Flushing Meadows on Sunday, profitable their second main doubles title collectively and denying the youngsters their first.
“For us, this was our second Grand Slam remaining collectively. I’ve been in a number of extra,” Stosur stated. “It’s form of like, ‘All proper, I’ve achieved this a number of extra instances than you, so I’ve bought to attempt to use all the things I’ve bought.’”
Gauff was only a yr previous when Stosur received her first U.S. Open title, the ladies’s doubles championship with Lisa Raymond in 2005. The Australian received her largest singles title in Flushing Meadows in 2011, knocking off Serena Williams in the ultimate.
Gauff and McNally, 19, had been attempting to affix Emma Raducanu as girls’s champions this week. The 18-year-old from Britain beat 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez on Saturday for the singles title.
The No. 11-seeded Americans fell simply in need of including this U.S. Open doubles title to the juniors one they received collectively in 2018.
“I do know that we’ll be Grand Slam champions ultimately,” Gauff stated.
It was the eleventh straight victory for Stosur and Zhang, who additionally received in Cincinnati earlier than the U.S. Open. They needed to separate for a time whereas Zhang paired with Chinese gamers earlier than the Olympics however see no motive to cease now.
“We will for certain play collectively extra, yeah,” stated Zhang, 32.
The first set swung abruptly when McNally was serving and a degree away from a 4-all tie. Zhang completely positioned a lob over Gauff’s head into the shaded again fringe of the courtroom throughout a run of 5 straight factors to steal the game, and so they held in the subsequent one to take the set.
Gauff and McNally rallied to tie the match and it was even deep into the third set earlier than Stosur and Zhang broke McNally once more for a 5-3 lead earlier than Stosur served out the match. She agreed that her opponents may have one other probability.
“They simply play fearless. Credit to them,” Stosur stated. “I feel they’re a extremely nice workforce. Again, little doubt they’re going to be again in conditions like this, difficult for titles.
“Not simply but,” she added with a smile. “Not at this time.”
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