Teen Sensations Coco Gauff and Caty McNally Closing In on Their Debut in WTA Finals 2021

Published 09/22/2021, 1:48 AM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Coco Gauff, right, and Catherine McNally of the United States against Samantha Stosur of Australia and Shuai Zhang of China (not pictured) in the women’s doubles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


Every season, the top performers on the Tour qualify for the year-ending ATP Finals and WTA Finals, respectively. And since only eight best enter this tournament, it is a work-in-progress for players throughout the year. Incredibly, the American doubles team Coco Gauff and Caty McNally are going strong in the Race to the WTA Finals 2021 in the doubles category.

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First of all, the Czech professionals Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova have qualified as top seeds for the event. Notably, the duo won the French Open title and the Olympics gold medal in doubles. Also, Japanese doubles team Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara have qualified in the second spot.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova celebrate with trophy after winning the women’s doubles final against Poland’s Iga Swiatek and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the U.S. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The surprise entrants are 17-year-old Gauff and 19-year-old McNally, the new-age doubles pair in tennis. The duo finished runner-ups at the US Open 2021 and are in a good position to qualify for the WTA Finals this year.

Coco Gauff and Caty McNally in Race to the WTA Finals

Except for the French Open, where she played with Venus Williams, Coco Gauff has played doubles with her best friend, Caty McNally. Undoubtedly, the couple has pulled off some great performances, including the title in Parma.

At present, Gauff and McNally have 2770 points, which puts them in the sixth spot in the Race to the WTA Finals. Since the eight best will qualify, the American duo will likely play in Guadalajara, Mexico.

At the US Open 2021 final, Gauff and McNally broke into tears after losing the doubles title to Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai. However, they promised one another to stay together and find glory in the future.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (from left) Runner-ups Coco Gauff and Catherine McNally of the United States, and champions Shuai Zhang of China and Samantha Stosur of Australia pose with their trophies after the women’s doubles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

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Gauff’s 2021 singles season

It has been an incredible year of growth for Gauff in both singles and doubles. In the singles category, the American teenage sensation reached a career-high ranking of World No.19. Moreover, she won both singles and doubles titles in Parma.

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Hence, there is always a sense of expectation from Gauff whenever she enters a tennis court. So far, she has improved in every aspect of the game since her breakthrough in Wimbledon 2019. Let’s see what the 2021 season has in store for her. Do you think Gauff and McNally will qualify for the WTA Finals 2021?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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