Coco Gauff Sweeps Past Amanda Anisimova to Reach 2nd Consecutive WTA Semifinals at Parma Open 2021

Published 05/20/2021, 10:03 AM EDT
Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 13, 2021 Cori Gauff of the U.S. celebrates winning her third round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


Teenage sensation, Coco Gauff triumphed against Amanda Anisimova in the all-American quarterfinal clash at WTA Parma Open 2021. It was the first meeting between the American prodigies and Gauff won in straight sets. She no reached her second consecutive semifinal on the WTA tour as she had reached the semifinals of Italian Open as well last week.

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Coco Gauff asserts her dominance against Amanda Anisimova at WTA Parma Open 2021

Coco Gauff of the U.S. reacts during her second round match against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Anisimova was aware of Gauff’s struggles on serve. But in the opening game, Anisimova failed to convert two break points, despite Gauff missing a few of her serves. Anisimova was the better player on the backhand, and Gauff’s service deficiencies paved the way for an early break for Anisimova to lead 2-1.

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But Gauff played smart tennis and restored parity as she broke Anisimova, 2-2. Anisimova was targeting Gauff’s serve and forehand as she won another break to lead 3-2. But Gauff came back stronger as she hit great returns to win back the break 3-3. Gauff was struggling with her serve again, but the third seed held her serve after a long time to finally lead, 4-3.

Anisimova‘s strokes were failing her in high-pressure situations. Gauff covered the court well and hit deep strokes to break Anisimova again and serve for the first set, 5-3. Gauff continued her brilliant comeback to win four games in a row from 3-3 to win the set 6-3.

Gauff wins six games in a row to defeat Anisimova

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Gauff’s start was troublesome. She just won two points of the first ten points and was a break down, 2-0. Anisimova showed off her attacking instinct and quickly increased her lead to 3-0. But Anisimova’s intensity dropped as she skied multiple forehands and Gauff opened her second set account, 1-3. Soon, Anisimova was easily frustrated with herself as Gauff delivered deep shots close to her baseline. Gauff broke back to bring serve parity to the set, 3-2.

Gauff continued ahead as Anisimova was sloppy. She not only leveled the set at 3-3, but she also went on to break Anisimova and take the lead in the second set 4-3. Anisimova’s forehand was imploding as she dwindled in the clash. Gauff had the momentum with her and was making Anisimova toil hard all around the court. Serving at 3-5, Anisimova was in all sorts of trouble as Gauff was better in defense and attack. Anisimova initially saved three match points, however, Gauff finally converted the fourth one to advance into the semifinals. Coco Gauff won six games in a row in the second set to sent her compatriot packing.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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