WTA Charleston Open 2021: Coco Gauff vs Tsvetana Prionkova – Preview, Head-to-Head, & Prediction

Published 04/05/2021, 7:21 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 will take on Bulgarian veteran player Tsvetana Pironkova in the opening round match at the WTA Charleston Open 2021. It promises to be an interesting battle since it involves players belonging to two completely different generations. The match is scheduled to take place tomorrow. 

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Coco Gauff has continued to display a willingness to compete against the best players in the game. Prior to the Australian Open, she featured at the WTA Abu Dhabi Open, followed by the WTA Melbourne Open. However, after winning her opening round match, she exited in the next round in both events.

Coco Gauff of the United States celebrates after winning match point during her Women’s Singles third round match against Naomi Osaka of Japan day five of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Coco Gauff vs Tsvetana Pironkova: Preview

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The Bulgarian player has played a fair amount of tennis this season. Both players competed at the Miami Open last week. After emerging victorious in their first-round matches, they fell short in the following matches. It was the first tournament in the teenager’s career in which she was a seeded player. 

Gauff and Pironkova also played the first Grand Slam of the season. The teenager won her first-round match but faltered in the next match against Ukrainian star Elina Svitolina. On the other hand, the 33-year-old Pironkova lost in the opening round to Chinese Taipei athlete Su-Wei Hsieh in straight sets. 

Coco Gauff vs Tsvetana Pironkova: Head-to-Head

The WTA Charleston Open 2021 opening round will be the first time the two players will face each other. It could not be a better place and time for the two to compete against each other. It will be an interesting contest since both players will not know what to expect from a tactical point of view. 

PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 28: Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria looks on during her Women’s Singles first round match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany on day two of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on September 28, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Gauff vs Pironkova: Prediction

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The clash promises to be an exciting contest. On one side, Coco is a fairly inexperienced player compared to her opponent, whereas Tsvetana has been on Tour for over a decade. After reaching the US Open quarterfinal last season, the Bulgarian player has not managed to attain similar results in the current season. 

Gauff, on the other side, has fared well in doubles but not managed to cause upsets against the big names in singles. In recent years, the 17-year-old player has troubled top players from time to time. 

Prediction: Tsvetana Pironkova to win in three sets. 

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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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