Cori Gauff vs. Martina Trevisan, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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?? Cori Gauff vs. ?? (Q) Martina Trevisan

Cori Gauff will be back in action on Wednesday with a second round clash against Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan. Gauff claimed a big scalp in the opening round in Paris when she eliminated the 9th seeded Johanna Konta in the opening round, a straight set win for the 16-year-old over the Brit means she is the favourite heading into this clash.

Gauff and Trevisan are both making their Roland Garros main draw debut this week, this will also be the first career meeting between the pair, a big opportunity for both to reach the third round in Paris.

Gauff, a former junior champion at Roland Garros claimed one of the most notable opening round victories in the women’s draw. Gauff was too solid for an errant Johanna Konta, claiming a 6-3 6-3 victory. Despite serving 12 double faults Gauff was only broken on 2 occasions by Konta. Gauff’s baseline game got her the win. An improved serving performance will be required from the American who will be unlikely to get away with similarly poor serving very often.

At 26 years of age, Trevisan is through to the second round of a major for the first time. The Italian booked her spot in the second round when Camila Giorgi retired early in the second set of their first round clash, Trevisan held a commanding 7-5 3-0 lead before Giorgi’s retirement. Trevisan made her way through a tough qualifying draw in Paris where she claimed wins over Sachia Vickery, Asia Muhammad and Astra Sharma.

I’m going for the upset here and siding with the Italian qualifier. Gauff’s serve is a huge problem at the moment, surprisingly she wasn’t punished by Konta but Trevisan won’t make the same mistake. Trevisan is a solid clay court player, match-tough having already won 4 matches over the last week in Paris. This looks like a match-up where the inconsistency’s in the Gauff game can be exposed in a match-up where all the pressure is on the American, a situation the 16-year-old isn’t used to on this stage.

Prediction: Martina Trevisan to defeat Cori Gauff in 3 sets

Anastasija Sevastova vs. Cori Gauff, US Open R1 Preview

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?? (31) Anastasija Sevastova vs. ?? Cori Gauff

One of the most intriguing opening round match-ups at the 2020 US Open sees the 31st seeded Anastasija Sevastova take on the much-hyped Cori Gauff. This will be the first career meeting between Sevastova and Gauff, who will prevail?

Anastasija Sevastova has a brilliant recent record at the US Open. The Latvian reached the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows in 2016 and 2017, followed by her best ever result at a major in 2018 when she reached the semi-finals. The 30-year-old will be hoping that a return to her favourite tournament can see her reverse her poor recent form. Sevastova has lost her first few matches since the tour restart, a straight set loss to Irina-Camelia Begu in Prague, followed by a straight set loss to Kristina Mladenovic at the Western & Southern Open, not the type of form she wanted to bring into the US Open.

The rise of Cori Gauff was one of the biggest stories of the 2019 WTA season. Gauff has shown signs of her promise in 2020 despite limited opportunities to grow. The 16-year-old reached the semi-finals in Lexington a few weeks ago in her first official event back, a run which included impressive wins over Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur. More recently, a reality check was served to Gauff at the Western & Southern Open with an opening round loss, easily beaten by Maria Sakkari with just 4 games won.

I’m going to give Sevastova the benefit of the doubt here. Granted, Sevastova’s recent form isn’t good. However, her record at the US can’t be ignored. Sevastova loves the conditions in New York and will produce an improved performance for this match. Gauff remains very inconsistent and will not have things easy here against a tricky opponent. I think Sevastova will handle the occasion better, Gauff thrives on intensity, she won’t get that in an empty stadium against a streaky opponent. Look for Sevastova to spoil the party.

Prediction: Anastasija Sevastova to defeat Cori Gauff in 3 sets
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Sofia Kenin vs. Cori Gauff, Australian Open R4 Preview

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?? (14) Sofia Kenin vs. ?? Cori Gauff

An intriguing round of 16 clash from Melbourne Park sees the 14th seeded Sofia Kenin come up against Cori Gauff. Both Kenin and Gauff will be playing to reach the quarter-final stage of a major for the very first time. This will be the first career meeting between the pair.

Sofia Kenin has progressed to the round of 16 at Melbourne Park without dropping a set. The 14th seeded started the event with comfortable victories over a pair of qualifiers, a 6/2 6/4 win over Martina Trevisan followed by a 6/1 6/3 win over Ann Li. Kenin’s first real test came at the third round stage where she defeated China’s Shuai Zhang 7/5 7/6. Kenin came from a break down in both sets in her win over Zhang, saving a set point in a tense second set tiebreak to get the job done, a mature win from the 21-year-old.

Cori Gauff is the talk of the town. The 15-year-old is through to the second week of a major for the first time and did it in style with a shock straight set win over the 4th seeded Naomi Osaka at the third round stage. Gauff’s 6/3 6/4 win over Naomi Osaka was one of the upsets of the tournament thus far, though it must be said that Osaka played an awful match, Gauff was there to take advantage. The American sensation started the event with a 7/6 6/3 win over Venus Williams before beating Sorana Cirstea 4/6 6/3 7/5.

I’m siding with Kenin here. Kenin is the far superior player at this stage and should be smart enough to get through this one. Gauff is being heavily overrated based on a few wins this week. Looking closely at those wins they’re not as impressive as one would first assume, Venus Williams played a horrible match, Cirstea could have easily beaten Gauff and Osaka also played a very bad match. Kenin is too solid to make the same mistake, Gauff won’t be getting any gifts here. Kenin is a top 15 player for a reason, expect Kenin to be too strong for Gauff.

Prediction: Sofia Kenin to defeat Cori Gauff in 2 sets
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