TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Coco Gauff (21) faces Magda Linette in the First Round on Monday August 30th, 2021.
Coco Gauff is one of the most promising young talents that has been seen on the WTA Tour in quite some time, and at only 17 years of age has already started to make her presence felt on the Tour. She is still awaiting her first real breakthrough at a major and after some outstanding performances this season, many feel like this could be her moment here at the 2021 US Open. First up in her path is Magda Linette of Poland, a tough veteran player. Can Linette cause the upset and send the hometown hero packing? Or will Gauff advance to the Second Round as expected?
Coco Gauff is seeded 21st here at the 2021 US Open, and is currently ranked #23 in the WTA world rankings. The young American superstar is only 17 years old but is already an established players at the top of women’s tennis and it really feels like the sky is the limit for her. She has been having an outstanding season, winning the title in Parma and reaching the Semis at the Rome WTA-1000 event. She then reached her first ever Grand Slam Quarter-Final at the French Open and the Fourth Round at Wimbledon. However, she was forced to skip the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19 but showed no ill-effects of the virus when she reached the Quarters in Montreal. In this type of form she should be considered a dark horse contender for her home Slam in New York and enters her First Round match against Magda Linette as the favorite.
Magda Linette is unseeded here at the 2021 US Open and is ranked #51 in the world. After a very strong season in 2020 she reached a career-high ranking of #33, but has been disappointing this year and has seen that drop to #51. She has played a massive 15 tournaments for the year already but has only reached the Quarter-Finals three times, a disappointing number for a player of her caliber. However, two of those came very recently since she came over to the USA, so she will have regained some confidence at the right time just before the 2021 US Open. Despite being the underdog here, Linette has a very solid game and is exactly the type of player that can cause Gauff some issues if she is not at her best here.
This is the first meeting between the two players on the WTA Tour, and this is a difficult First Round match for the young American Coco Gauff. Magda Linette is very experienced and is fresh off of reaching the Semi-Finals in Cleveland last week so she has momentum on her side. Despite the gap in the rankings I am expecting this to be a very close match, and wouldn’t be surprised to see this go the distance. However, Gauff has a bit more quality than her opponent and she will be ready and rearing to go in front of her home fans. Linette will push her to the limit, but I expect Gauff’s defence to be the difference here and she should win here in two very close sets, advancing to the Second Round of the 2021 US Open.
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