WTA Eastbourne 2021: Coco Gauff vs Elise Mertens Preview, Head to Head and Predictions for Viking International

In the opening round of the WTA Eastbourne 2021, for the first time ever Coco Gauff and Elise Mertens will clash against each other on the WTA Tour.

Coco Gauff vs Elise Mertens will clash in the 1st round of WTA Eastbourne 2021
Coco Gauff vs Elise Mertens

In the opening round at the WTA Eastbourne 2021, World No. 23 CoriCoco’ Gauff will be up against World No. 17 and the 7th seeded Elise Mertens.

Coco Gauff vs Elise Mertens : Match Details

TournamentWTA Eastbourne International 2021
MatchCoco Gauff vs Elise Mertens
RoundFirst Round
Date21st June, 2021
Prize Money$4,867
VenueEastbourne, Great Britain
SurfaceGrass Court

Coco Gauff vs Elise Mertens : Preview

Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff

Coco Gauff is set to make her Grass debut for the season as she begins her preparations for the upcoming Wimbledon 2021. Gauff shot to fame with her impressive performance at the 2019 Wimbledon where she reached the 4th round after having received a wildcard in the qualifying stages, becoming the youngest ever in Open Era to reach the main draw at the Wimbledon.

Gauff has been in amazing form this season and game went a level ahead during the Clay season. She clinched a double at the WTA Parma Open 2021 and later reached the quarter-finals of the French Open 2021 losing to eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova who won a historic double at the Grand Slam claiming both the Singles and Doubles trophy.

Elise Mertens will look to make a good start this time around at the Eastbourne International after getting defeated in the 1st round match at the 2021 Birmingham Classic where she made her Grass season debut. Although the match was a close affair going into tie-breaks in all 3-sets, Mertens was the unfortunate one to lose in the encounter.

Mertens has had her share of success this season winning the Gippsland Trophy 2021 and later reached the finals at the Istanbul Open 2021. She will be looking to get back into her form in Eastbourne to reach Wimbledon with confidence.

Coco Gauff vs Elise Mertens : Head to Head

Elise Mertens
Elise Mertens

This will be their first ever meeting on the tour, hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.

Coco Gauff vs Elise Mertens : Prediction

Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff

Mertens enters the tie with a career Grass record of 28-21 and a season record of 22-9. She was 13-3 on Hardcourts and 9-5 on Clay and now faces a tough test against the in-form American teen Gauff.

Gauff will play in her 2nd Grass season of her career and after an impressive start of 6-1 in the 2019 Grass season, many will be hopeful and backing the teenager to perform well again this year. She comes in with a season record of 27-10 which includes 11-6 record on Hardcourts and 16-4 on Clay. Looking at these numbers and overall season form, Gauff will be the favourite for this clash.

Prediction: Coco Gauff to win in 3-sets.

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