Coco Gauff and Venus Williams’ doubles run comes to an early end


Venus Williams and Coco Gauff’s run in doubles at the French Open didn’t last long.

Facing off against No. 13 seeds Ellen Perez and Zheng Saisai in the first round Wednesday, Williams and Gauff won their first set 7-6(5) before dropping the next two 6-4, 6-3.

Their pairing was announced Sunday to the delight of many tennis fans. While it’s the first time they’ve played together, Williams and Gauff have faced off twice before at Wimbledon in 2019 and at the Australian Open in 2020. Gauff got the better of Williams each time.

With the loss, Williams’ time at the French Open comes to an end. The 40-year-old also lost her first-round singles match Tuesday, falling in straight sets to Ekaterina Alexandrova. Gauff, meanwhile, won her first-round match against Aleksandra Krunić and will face Wang Qiang in the second round of the singles tournament.