AMAZING! Coco Gauff Steamrolls Over Maria Sakkari at Italian Open 2021

Published 05/12/2021, 6:14 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: Coco Gauff of the United States of America plays a backhand during her Women’s Singles first round match against Venus Williams of the United States of America on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)


American teenager Coco Gauff took on Greek tennis player Maria Sakkari in the Round of 32 matches at the Italian Open 2021. It was their third meeting, with the previous two encounters being won by Sakkari.

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This time around, it went Gauff’s way as she won 6-1, 1-6, 6-1 in a match that lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Set 1: Coco Gauff sweeps past Maria Sakkari with ease

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In the opening set, Coco Gauff served brilliantly and used her service as a weapon. She won over 80% of her first-serve points, which gave her the advantage early on. To make matters worse for her opponent, Gauff claimed two of the four break points she’d earned.

Shortly into the match, Coco saw herself sitting on a healthy lead. After winning 29 points as compared to Sakkari’s 19 points, Gauff sealed the first set 6-1.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021, Cori Gauff of the U.S. reacts during her second round match against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Set 2: Maria Sakkari fights back to hang in the contest

In the following set, Maria Sakkari took control after raising her level. She brushed aside the horror of the previous set and upped the ante. Although the Greek player was handed a break, she broke Coco in three out of the four service games, giving her a lifeline to hang in the match.

Sakkari won 32 points in the second set, whereas her opponent won 21 points, which eventually gave her the advantage to seal the set in her favor. In the set, Maria won close to 77% of her first serve points, and Gauff managed to win only 52.6% of her first serve points. After 70 mins into the match, Sakkari took the match into a deciding set, winning the second set 6-1.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 06: Maria Sakkari of Greece plays a forehand in her quarter final match against Angelique Kerber of Germany during day four of the WTA 500 Grampians Trophy at Melbourne Park on February 06, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Set 3: Coco Gauff regains composure to emerge victoriously

As the final set began, Gauff regained focus and brushed aside the result of the previous set. Although her opponent registered better serves than her, it was the young American player who caused real damage, winning 70% of her second service points. 

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On the other hand, Sakkari served poorly, which gave her opponent the green signal to take risks and return strongly. Eventually, after close to two hours, it was the teenager who won the set 6-1. 

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The American youngster will now face the winner of the match between Aryna Sabalenka and Sara Sorribes Tormo in the Round of 16 matches. It will be interesting to see how deep the teenager goes. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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