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French Open: Garcia, Mladenovic top Gauff, Pegula for doubles title

France’s Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic pose with their championship trophy after their victory over America’s Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula. (Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images)

The French duo of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic came from behind to defeat Americans Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, to claim the French Open doubles title in front of a home crowd Sunday at Roland Garros.

Garcia and Mladenovic add this year’s trophy to their 2016 French Open championship. Mladenovic, the former WTA doubles World No. 1, also won the title with partner Timea Babos in 2019 and 2020, bringing her tally to four Roland Garros women’s doubles championships.

The partners, while proven champions, had only competed in three events together since 2017 prior to this French Open run. They needed a wildcard to enter the main draw at Roland Garros.

After falling behind a set to Gauff and Pegula, Garcia and Mladenovic took charge, saving five of their six break points in the last two frames compared to going zero for six in the opening set.

The French team also overpowered the Americans on serve, winning 65 percent of their first-service points compared to 51 percent from Gauff and Pegula.

Sunday’s victory capped off a thrilling run for Garcia and Mladenovic, who came back from a set down in half of their matches at Roland Garros, including the final and semifinal.

Gauff also competed in the tournament’s singles title match Saturday, falling to Iga Swiatek in straight sets.