Coco Gauff and Aryna Sabalenka will lock horns for a quarter-final place at the Italian Open 2021.
Coco Gauff vs Aryna Sabalenka: Preview
Sabalenka is one of the best performers of the season. Belarusian has won two singles and one doubles titles so far this year. Before arriving in Rome, Aryna has managed to reach the two consecutive finals in the clay-court swing.
Even though Sabalenka surrendered to Ashleigh Barty in the Stuttgart Open final, the 23-year old from Minsk stunned the Australian at the Mutua Madrid Open to claim her first title on the red dirt. As a result, she reached a career-high ranking No.4 in the World.
At the Italian Open, No.7 seed Sabalenka booked her third round seat following a straight-sets(7-5, 6-1) win over Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo. She has a win-loss record of 25-6 this season.
On the other hand, Gauff’s fight until last breath attitude plays a vital role in her success this season. First of all, she reached her first-ever WTA 500 event’s semifinal at Adelaide International.
Later on, American teenager made WTA 1000 tournament’s quarter-final debut at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships. Her tremendous efforts have been rewarded with a rise to a career-high No.35 in the WTA ranking table.
Coco Gauff has proved herself on the gravel surface in Rome as well. The rising star has advanced to the Round of 16, following back-to-back three-set victories over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva(7-5, 4-6, 6-4) and No.17 seed Maria Sakkari(6-1, 1-6, 6-1).
Coco Gauff vs Aryna Sabalenka: Head-To-Head
Sabalenka and Gauff have faced each other two-time so far in the WTA Tour. Both are equal(1-1) in their head-to-head record.
In the 2020 Top Seed Open, the host ousted the Belarusian in three sets. Eventual champion Sabalenka dismissed Gauff after losing the opening set in the 2020 Ostrava Open.
Coco Gauff vs Aryna Sabalenka: Prediction
According to ranking and current form, Sabalenka is the favourite to win this battle. At the same time, Gauff’s performances in their previous head-to-head and recent matches in Rome transparently show she would be ready to give the tough competition to the No.4 in the WTA ranking board.
Match Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to win in three tight sets.