“Good Test”: Coco Gauff Reflects on Her Clash Against Compatriot Amanda Anisimova

Published 05/20/2021, 12:04 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


An all-American teenage showdown will transpire at the Emilia-Romagna Open quarterfinals between Coco Gauff and Amanda Anisimova. It would also go down in history as their maiden WTA level meeting.

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Previously, Gauff and Anisimova came face-to-face at the 2017 US Open juniors’ final. In that match, the latter, who was a 15-year-old then, won against the then 13-year-old Gauff.

Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 1, 2021 Cori Gauff of the U.S. in action during her match against Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Four years later, the duo will fight again for a berth in the WTA 250 Parma semifinals. Accordingly, the Italian Open 2021 semifinalist opened up on her next opponent in Parma, Anisimova.

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Coco Gauff ready to take chances against Amanda Anisimova in Parma

Unquestionably, the 17-year-old American Coco Gauff is one of the most promising tennis stars of tomorrow. But given her incredible first half of the 2021 season, she doesn’t seem to want to wait for her time.

Notably, this is her fourth quarterfinal match of the year; she reached the semifinals twice in Adeliade and Rome. In her latest post-match interview, she reflected on meeting with Amanda Anisimova after such a long time.

“We haven’t seen each other in a while on the court,” Gauff said. “I think it will be a great match.” To reach the quarterfinals, the young American defeated Italian Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3.

On the other side, Anisimova has had an on and off relationship with her progress. The 19-year-old made her breakthrough in 2019, reaching the French Open semifinals at 17. Since then, she is yet to make her presence felt in tournaments.

But now, the 19-year-old Amanda has a chance to clinch her second WTA title in Italy. Coco said, “She’s obviously a great player, she hits the ball big and trusts her strokes, so it will be a good test to see how I defend against that.”

However, the new World No.30 is confident to continue ahead with her all-out attacking gameplay. “But I think it’s going to be important to take my chances when I can and continue to be on offense,” she concluded.

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Most significantly, the Coco-Amanda matchup underlines the beginning of a new era. Fans will surely run out of popcorns in this one.

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Mar 28, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Amanda Anisimova of the United States hits a forehand against Bianca Andreescu of Canada (not pictured) in the third round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Considering their run in Parma, both have the ability to go through the next round. But in the end, the one who is hungrier to win will get a semifinal spot in return.

Who are you supporting today, Coco or Amanda?

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