Coco Gauff and Wang Qiang will lock horns on the red dirt for a third-round spot at the French Open 2021. It will be the second meeting between an American teenage prodigy and a Chinese Veteran within two weeks.
Coco Gauff vs Wang Qiang Preview
Coco Gauff has had a fantastic season so far. She especially captured her second career title at the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma and reached the first-ever WTA 1000 semifinal at the Italian Open in Rome.
As a result, American stalwart came to Paris for the first time as a seeded player in the Grand Slam main draw. But, No.24 seed Gauff played a solid match against Serbian qualifier Aleksandra Krunic in the opening round in Roland Garros.
A top twenty-five player took more than two hours to overcome World No.213 in straight sets 7(13)-6(11), 6-4 on the Parisian clay. Most notably, Gauff concluded that nearly 90-minute lasted the first set after resisting four set points of the former No.39 globally. At the same time, she averted the comeback of 28-year-old Serb in the second set to confirm her next round place.
On the other hand, Wang Qiang earned the opening set down (2-6, 6-4, 7-5) the victory over Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-Wei to advance to the second round in Paris. It was the first Grand Slam main draw win for the Chinese since the 2020 Australian Open. A 29-year-old from Tianjin will clearly look forward to avenging straight-set defeat in the Parma Challenger final.
Coco Gauff vs Wang Qiang Head-To-Head
Gauff and Wang have faced each other one time in the WTA Tour. American stunned Chinese in straight sets(6-1, 6-3) in the Emilia-Romagna Open championship match and leads 1-0 in their head-to-head series.
Coco Gauff vs Wang Qiang Prediction
Gauff has a win-loss record of 13-3 in the clay-court swing so far. In recent days, the 17-year-old from Delray Beach dazzles as a predominant player in the women’s tennis circuit after back-to-back victories over Aryna Sabalenka, Maria Sakkari and Amanda Anisimova.
Wang’s recent wins over Petra Martic and Sloane Stephens signal that she retrieves her old shape. We will anticipate a contrast performance from the Chinese as compared to the Parma final. However, in-form Gauff should be the leader of this battle.
Match Prediction: Coco Gauff to win in straight sets.