WTA Parma 2021: Coco Gauff vs Amanda Anisimova Preview; Head-to-Head and Prediction

Published 05/19/2021, 4:26 PM 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)


Coco Gauff, the young American player, who reached the semi-finals at the recently concluded Italian Open, is continuing her great run on clay-courts this year. She reached the quarter-finals of the Emilia-Romagna Open after defeating the local favorite Camila Giorgi in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.

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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)
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WTA Parma 2021: Coco Gauff vs Amanda Anisimova Preview

The American player has shown great improvement in her game over the past year. At the Italian Open last week, Gauff defeated top players like Maria Sakkari and Aryna Sabalenka in her road to semi-finals. She was able to adapt well to the challenging clay-court conditions and displayed perseverance in tough situations.

At Parma, Gauff will face compatriot Amanda Anisimova in the quarter-finals. Anisimova had a phenomenal run at the 2019 French Open, where she defeated the likes of Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep before losing to the eventual champion, Ashleigh Barty in the semi-finals.

Since then, Anisimova has been struggling to find form and excel at the big stage. Last year, the American only managed to play few tournaments as she had multiple injuries.

Even this year, Anisimova didn’t play the Australian Open as she tested positive for COVID-19 before the tournament began.

But, Anisimova will look forward to make an impact against Coco Gauff and reach the semi-finals at the Emilia-Romagna Open.

Head-to-Head

While Gauff and Anisimova didn’t play on the WTA tour before, they contested against each other in the finals of US Open Juniors in 2017. It was Anisiomova who dismantled Gauff in straight sets.

Right from the start of the match, Anisimova proved her baseline prowess by pushing Gauff from corner to corner and forced her to make errors.

WTA Parma 2021: Coco Gauff vs Amanda Anisimova Prediction

When two happening youngsters face against each other on-tour, it always makes up for an exciting contest to witness. Even though Gauff enters the match as a favorite, it’s a clear opportunity for Anisimova to create an impact on the WTA tour.

Anisimova’s aggressive baseline game will disrupt Gauff’s rhythm but the former’s reluctance to come to the net might present opportunities for Gauff to use more drop shots and attack at the net.

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Also, Coco Gauff’s movement on the red turf is exquisite. The young American has proved one and all that she has a killer game to adapt on any surface. The fact that both these players didn’t play against each other for over three years makes this an enthralling matchup.

Expect a baseline flourish between the two tomorrow as the winner gets decided on the basis of sustaining long rallies throughout the match.

Final Prediction: Coco Gauff to win in three sets.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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