US Open 2021 Round-2: Sloane Stephens vs Coco Gauff Preview, Head-To-Head and Prediction

Published 08/31/2021, 1:57 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 26: Coco Gauff of the United States looks on during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Sofia Kenin of the United States on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)


The US Open 2021 has kicked off with some high intensity clashes. After some tense first round tussles, Round-2 awaits all the winners. In the women’s singles, one of the most highly anticipated matches is an all-American battle. On Wednesday, Sloane Stephens will take on the young Coco Gauff in the second round. Who will come out on top?

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Sloane Stephens vs Coco Gauff US Open 2021: Preview

In the first round, American Sloane Stephens overcame a tough challenge in the form of Madison Keys. The duo met in the 2017 final, where Stephens cruised to victory. This time around, she won an absolute nail-biter. On the other hand, Coco Gauff shook off some rust to battle past her Polish opponent Magda Linette. After conceding the first set, the 17-year-old roared back to book her spot in the Round of 64.

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Coco Gauff is coming off a great 2021 season. After some improved performances in the Slams this year, she will be hellbent on making a statement in New York. As for Stephens, she has the added experience of the big matches over her opponent. The 28-year-old loves the hard-courts at Flushing Meadows, and will hope to taste success again. It will be a battle of feisty vs calm in this Round-2 slug fest.

Stephens vs Gauff: Head-to-head & Prediction

Aug 10, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Cori Gauff of the United States hits a shot against Anastasija Sevastova of Russia (not pictured) during first round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports.

Both players will have the support of their home crowd, and will look to draw motivation out of the same. The pair have never met each other on the circuit before. Hence, this US Open 2021 clash will be the maiden meeting between the two Americans. The head-to-head between the former Roland Garros runner-up and the 21st seed thus stands at 0-0.

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Sloane Stephens and Coco Gauff have witnessed contrasting form this season. While the youngster continues a steady rise in the rankings, Stephens has been largely inconsistent. Yet, both of them were solid in their opening fixtures. We anticipate Gauff to rely on her pace and power, whereas Stephens will perhaps act on the counter-punch. However, the aggression of Coco Gauff may pay off during the course of the match.

Prediction: Coco Gauff to win in three sets.

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The much-awaited Round-2 match-up will surely draw large numbers into the arena. Who do you think will come out on top? Will it be the youthful exuberance of Coco Gauff? Or the calculated aggression of Sloane Stephens? Let’s wait and watch!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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