Coco Gauff vs. Elina Svitolina - 2021 Australian Open Women's Singles Second Round
Thursday, February 11 2021
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Elina Svitolina (5) meets the up and coming prodigy Coco Gauff in the second round of the 2021 Australian Open on Thursday, February 11th 2021.
Will Elina Svitolina get back to the incredible tennis we all know she can play, or will the up and coming Coco Gauff show the world why she is the next big thing in Women's tennis?
Coco Gauff came through a very easy first round match for herself, beating the Swiss Teichmann in straight sets 6-3/6-2. Coco Gauff loves to play on hard courts as this is where her game shines the most, and she definitely put on a strong performance in that first round. Gauff has struggled a bit with form over the last few months, but that's not shocking as she is still young, trying to find her best game, and also does not prefer playing on clay. Will Gauff have her second breakthrough Slam here in Australia, or will she be going home after this second round match?
Elina Svitolina met a very tough opponent in the first round in Maria Bouzkova, beating the Czech in straight sets 6-3/7-6(5). Svitolina is finding her form again and it is great to see as she had a great 2019 season. Elina has a superb game, with a tough serve to return, and an incredible moving and fast game around the court. Will Svitolina continue to perform strongly here in Australia, or will she allow the door to be kept open for Coco Gauff to cause the upset?
This is going to be the first meeting between both players, and it is definitely going to be a very tight one as both players can win this easily on their day. Although many will be predicting Coco Gauff causes the upset here, I think that she will be too rattled by the incredible movement of Elina Svitolina. Gauff is still young, and she will have to get used to things not going her way. I expect Svitolina will utilise all her experience to come through this tight match and book her spot in the third round.