Former champion Sloane Stephens faces fellow American star Coco Gauff in the Second Round of the 2021 US Open on…
Former champion Sloane Stephens faces fellow American star Coco Gauff in the Second Round of the 2021 US Open on Wednesday.
One of the stand-out ties of the round sees the two crowd favourites collide at the Arthur Ashe Stadium for what could prove to be a close-run classic.
Stephens picked up her first Grand Slam singles title at Flushing Meadows four years ago but has failed to replicate those heights since, with her only other major final appearance coming at the French Open the following year.
The 28-year-old, once ranked as highly as world number three, is now down to 66th but has shown glimpses of a return to form following a five-match losing streak which ended at the Miami Masters.
Stephens saw off Madison Keys in a third set tie break in Round One, a match which signalled a repeat of the US Open final from four years ago.
Gauff also needed a third set decider to overcome Magda Linette and is aiming to reach the Third Round here for the second time.
The 17-year-old sensation reached the Quarter-Finals at Roland Garros earlier this summer, having won her second singles and third doubles titles at the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma, becoming the youngest player to win both the singles and doubles titles at an event since Maria Sharapova in 2004.
The bookmakers have Gauff as the clear favourite, but we expect a closely-contested encounter which should go the distance.
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Either 16th seed Angelique Kerber or Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina will await the winner in the Third Round later in the week.
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