Coco Gauff will take on Kaia Kanepi in the First-round of the Parma Open 2021. Gauff is currently the World No.30 on the WTA rankings and Kanepi is the World No.66.
|Tournament||Parma Open 2021|
|Match||Coco Gauff vs Kaia Kanepi|
|Date||18th May, 2021|
Coco Gauff vs Kaia Kanepi: Match Preview
Guff started the clay court season decently. In her first tournament on clay this year, Charleston Open, she reached the Quarter-finals. In the Madrid Open that followed, she lost in the very first round. But for her the showpiece event came at the Italian Open. Gauff broke into the top-30 in the World on the back of her wonderful showing there.
Gauff started the Rome sojourn with a win against Yulia Putintseva. In the second round she defeated seventeenth seed Maria Sakkari in three sets. Then, in the round of sixteen she beat the World No.4 Aryna Sabalenka. A fantastic victory considering Sabalenka is in terrific form and at the peak of her powers. Then in the Quarters, lady luck smiled upon the teenager from Florida as she got a walkover victory over Ash Barty, while the Australian was leading. In the Semi finals, Gauff was finally ousted by the eventual champion Iga Swiatek. Gauff lost that match in straight sets 6-7 3-6.
Gauff will start her Parma journey against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. Kanepi started her clay court journey this season with a second round loss at the Istanbul Open. At Madrid she failed to qualify into the main draw. Her biggest victory of the season had come in the Australian Open 2021 where she had beaten Sofia Kenin in the second round, 6-3 6-2.
Coco Gauff vs Kaia Kanepi: Head-to-head
These two players have not met on the tour before. So the head to head stands at 0-0.
Coco Gauff vs Kaia Kanepi: Prediction
Coco Gauff is only seventeen and she has a great serve, fantastic movement on court and great running ability. It’s scary to think what she will be like in another couple of seasons if she maintains her rate of progress. Kanepi at thirty-five is at the fag end of her career. But as she showed against Kenin in the Australian Open, on her day she can still make you pay.
Match Prediction: Coco Gauff will beat Kaia Kanepi in straight sets.