The pair defeated Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 10-5 in Sunday’s remaining, which was determined by a match tie-break.
At 18 years and 154 days outdated, Gauff is the second-youngest participant in WTA historical past to achieve the highest of the doubles rankings after Switzerland’s Martina Hingis, who was 17 years and 251 days outdated.
“Being No. 1 is fairly cool,” Gauff informed reporters after claiming her second doubles title with Pegula and fifth general.
“I’ve no phrases. I did not actually understand it was coming this week and what I needed to do, however (Pegula) informed me yesterday. It did not make me extra nervous although. I feel if it was singles, I might have been extra nervous.”
Gauff and Pegula, who’re additionally the top-ranked American singles gamers, fell 3-0 behind within the first set of Sunday’s remaining in Toronto, however received six of the subsequent seven video games to take an early lead.
That they had six championship factors within the second set, however Melichar-Martinez and Perez held on to power a deciding tie-break. The match appeared evenly poised at 6-5, earlier than Gauff and Pegula pulled away to clinch the title.
Whereas most gamers are inclined to give attention to both singles or doubles all through their careers, Gauff has competed throughout each disciplines and reached the singles and doubles finals at this 12 months’s French Open.
“As a child, I’ll be sincere with you, I did not even know there have been separate rankings for singles and doubles,” she mentioned. “However once I acquired on tour and once I realized I may do nicely in doubles … I wished to. I imply, who would not need to be No. 1 in something?”