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Italian Open 2021: Coco Gauff vs Iga Swiatek –Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

Two supremely talented teenagers, Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff clash in the semifinals of the Italian Open 2021 on Saturday.

Coco Gauff vs Iga Swiatek

Coco Gauff vs Iga Swiatek: Iga Swiatek, 15th seed at the Italian Open 2021, will face the American, Coco Gauff in the semifinals on Saturday. Swiatek is ranked 15th in the WTA Rankings, whereas, Gauff is ranked on the 35th spot.

Match Details :

TournamentWTA Italian Open 2021
MatchCoco Gauff vs Iga Swiatek
RoundSemi-Finals
Date15th May, 2021
Prize Money€ 70,161
VenueRome, Italy
SurfaceClay Court

Coco Gauff vs Iga Swiatek: Match Preview

Iga Swiatek

Coco Gauff has been in incredible form this week in Rome. The American teenager defeated Yulia Putinseva in three sets in the first round. She defeated Maria Sakkari in another three sets in the second round. The 17-year old has shown immense courage so far, and has held her nerve during vital parts of the match.

Coco Gauff secured a straight sets victory over Aryna Sabalenka in the third round. This was her most impressive victory of the tournament, as the seventh seed was coming on the back of the Madrid Open 2021 title. She survived a scare in the quarterfinals, as Ashleigh Barty had to withdraw from the match, despite being a set up against the American.

Iga Swiatek received a walkover in the first round, after Allison Riske withdrew from the match in the first set itself. The 19-year old then defeated Madison Keys in the second round in straight sets. She scored a comeback victory against Barbora Krejcikova in three sets in the third round.

Her quarterfinal match against Elina Svitolina was postponed to Saturday, after rain halted the play on the previous day. Swiatek was already up a set after first day’s play, and completed the job on Saturday, as he won the second set and progressed into the semifinals.

Coco Gauff vs Iga Swiatek: Head-to-Head

Coco Gauff

The duo have never faced off against each other in the past, and as a result, the head to head stands at 0-0.

Coco Gauff vs Iga Swiatek: Match Prediction

Iga Swiatek to win in three sets

The semifinal clash will see two teenagers battle it out against each other for a place in the finals. The French Open 2020 champion, Iga Swiatek enters as the favorite to win the match, as she has a vast range of shots up her sleeve. She is an aggressive returner of the ball, and always wants to dominate the opponent. Swiatek broke Elina Svitolina five times during their quarterfinal clash, and served well throughout the match.

Coco Gauff will try to match Iga Swiatek’s aggression, as she is known to be powerful player. Last year, the American’s serve was a major point of concern, however, she has shown signs of improvement in her second serve this season. She managed to win over 70% of her points on first serve against Aryna Sabalenka in the third round.

Match Prediction: Iga Swiatek to win in three sets

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