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Leylah Fernandez & Taylor Townsend book spot in Women’s Doubles final in French Open 2023

Leylah Fernandez & Taylor Townsend book spot in Women’s Doubles final in French Open 2023

Canadian-American duo Leylah Fernandez and Taylor Townsend have beaten second seeds Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula in two straights to enter their very first Grand Slam Doubles Final at the French Open 2023.

Leylah Fernandez and Taylor Townsend reached their maiden Grand Slam doubles final at the French Open 2023 after beating second-seeded Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula in straight sets on Friday. The Canadian-American pair, seeded 10th, will face unseeded Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan and Wang Xinyu of China in the Roland Garros Final on Court Philippe Chatrier. Hsieh and Wang are coming off a three-set victory 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 over sixth-seeded Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez.

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

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

It will be the first Grand Slam final in doubles for Fernandez, the 2021 U.S. Open runner-up in singles.

Townsend, in her only other major final, was runner-up with Caty McNally at last year’s U.S. Open to Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.

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