2020 Australian Open – Coco Gauff vs Sorana Cirstea Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Coco Gauff vs Sorana Cirstea taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Coco Gauff vs Sorana Cirstea on and what time does it start? Wednesday 22nd January, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for Coco Gauff vs Sorana Cirstea? Mostly cloudy, 30c

What channel is Coco Gauff vs Sorana Cirstea on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Coco Gauff vs Sorana Cirstea in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Coco Gauff vs Sorana Cirstea? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Coco Gauff vs Sorana Cirstea? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

COCO GAUFF

  • Global sensation Coco Gauff was drawn against Venus Williams yet again and doubled her head-to-head record over one of the game’s most successful players in straight sets on Monday.
  • Still just 15 years old, Gauff is tipped to emulate the success of her first-round opponent Williams, whom she beat for the first time at Wimbledon to announce herself to the world stage.
  • Gauff’s debut Grand Slam saw her run to the round of 16 before losing to eventual Wimbledon champions Simona Halep, and she could meet Naomi Osaka in the third round for a successive Grand Slam if she beats Sorana Cirstea here.

SORANA CIRSTEA

  • Sorana Cirstea overcame strong competition in the Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova in their first-round match, taking the second-set tiebreak after a comfortable first set.
  • The Romanian is at world number 74 in the WTA world rankings but reached a career-high 21st in the summer of 2013 where she reached the third rounds of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
  • The 29-year-old reached the quarter-final of Roland-Garros back in 2009 to set her benchmark at Grand Slams early, although she managed a round of 16 in Melbourne three years ago.

THE PREDICTION

While it is important to stand back from all of the hype surrounding 15-year-old Coco Gauff, the hype should come to her favour here on one of tennis’ biggest stages. If this first career meeting with Sorana Cirstea was at a smaller, more conspicuous event it could be a vastly different result but Coco Gauff was born for the big stage and can draw energy straight from an adoring crowd. Cirstea has the unenviable job of playing pantomime villain here, and while the crowd should not mistreat her, she is likely to be driven away by both Gauff’s ability and support.

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