February 20, 2023

Pegula and Gauff fend off Kichenok and Ostapenko’s challenge to successfully defend their doubles title

The all-American duo of Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff, the tournament top-seeds, successfully defended their title after defeating Ukraine’s Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, the second-seeded pair, at the end of an electrifying final match at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex on Friday.


Pegula and Gauff overcame their opponents 6-4, 2-6, 10-7 in 1 hour and 20 minutes to lift the champions’ trophy. They also smiled to the bank with the $40,100 in winners’ prize money and 470 WTA points for their efforts. Kichenok and Ostapenko, on the other hand, earned $24,300 as well as 305 points for reaching the final.


With their feat on Friday, Pegula and Gauff became the eighth member of the exclusive list of two-time doubles winners, who have either won with the same or different partners in Doha.


“We are extremely delighted with the victory, and we are happy to have successfully defended our title. It’s been an amazing week of great tennis, and we are proud to be leaving Qatar as champions once again. I would like to thank our fans and everyone for their support,” Gauff said during her post-match interview.