Coco Gauff and Caty McNally lost their third-round women’s doubles match at Wimbledon on Tuesday, falling 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-3 to Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina.
Originally scheduled to be played on an outer court, the match was held on Centre Court after being postponed Monday and earlier Tuesday because of rain. The players made it worth the wait for those in attendance, with the first set of the fiercely contested battle lasting over an hour.
Ultimately, the Russian team of Kudermetova and Vesnina, a three-time major champion and Olympic gold medalist in women’s doubles who recently returned from childbirth, was too much for the American teenage duo. Kudermetova and Vesnina had a 77% win percentage on first serve and recorded four aces on the day.
This was the first doubles appearance for both Gauff and McNally at Wimbledon. The pair have twice reached the Australian Open quarterfinals and have made the third round at the French Open and US Open. They have won three WTA titles together, most recently at Parma in May, and a junior doubles title at the 2018 US Open.
Gauff, 17, was eliminated in singles in the fourth round Monday with a straight-sets loss to Angelique Kerber. McNally, 19, lost in the second round of qualifying.
Kudermetova and Vesnina will next play Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, the reigning French Open doubles champions, in the quarterfinals.