Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula knocked out in women’s doubles semis

PARIS — Leylah Fernandez and Taylor Townsend advanced to the French Open women’s doubles final by beating runners-up Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula 6-0, 6-4 on Friday.

The 10th seeded Canadian-American couple will face unseeded Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan and Wang Xinyu of China in Sunday’s final. Hsieh and Wang defeated sixth-seeded Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Gauff and Pegula finished second in the women’s doubles at Roland Garros last year, where the Americans lost to Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic.

Hsieh, 37, is a four-time Grand Slam doubles winner. Hsieh and Peng Shuai won the women’s doubles title at the 2014 French Open.

For Fernandez, the 2021 US Open runner-up in singles, it will be the first Grand Slam final in doubles.

Townsend, in her only other major final, finished second alongside Caty McNally at the US Open last year, beating Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.

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