When: Wednesday, January 22nd, Time TBD.
Where: Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia
Head to Head Record: 0-0
Gauff is making her first career appearance at the Australian Open.
The young American advanced won her first-round match, sending Venus Williams home.
Now, Gauff has a chance to move one step further into the main draw.
The youngest player in WTA’s top 100, she is going to climb up the order after the tournament.
Currently the 67th player in the world, she could be in contention for a spot inside the top 50.
Cirstea, meanwhile, has a shot at matching her career-best result at the Australian Open.
The Romanian player made it to the fourth round in 2017, which was also her second-best result in a major tournament.
Cirstea has only made it past the second round three times in 11 Australian Open appearances.
Since reaching the quarterfinals in the 2009 French Open, Cirstea has only made it past the second round eight times in 36 slam appearances.
She also has a chance to move back inside the top 50 with a solid Australian Open campaign.
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WTA Ranking: #67, 885 points
2020 Record: 2-1, 0 titles
Prize Money: $5,570
Gauff’s year began at the ASB Classic, which saw her eliminated in the second round.
The young American managed to bounce back in style.
This time, she did not need to go through the qualifiers and got matched against Venus Williams in the main draw.
Gauff repeated her achievement from last year’s Wimbledon and defeated the seven-time major champion in straight sets to advance into round 2.
If this is any indication, she could be on the way to match her career-best result in a major tournament.
Gauff is the favorite for this second-round match.
WTA Ranking: #74, 795 points
2020 Record: 3-1, 0 titles
Prize Money: $5,890
The Australian Open is Cirstea’s third tournament of 2020.
She was eliminated in the first round at Shenzhen to start the year.
At Hobart, the Romanian player held the number 1 seed but withdrew before the quarterfinals.
Cirstea’s Australia Open campaign began with a win over the 32nd seed Barbora Strykova.
She will now have a chance to advance past the second round for the first time since 2017.
That, however, is going to be a difficult task, given that Gauff is the favorite.
Gauff is coming off a breakout year and could do even better in 2020.
After defeating Venus Williams once again, the young American showed why she is considered one of the most promising players from the new generation.
She is favored to defeat Cirstea in their second-round matchup, and will likely do sit in straight sets once again.
Prediction: Coco Gauff 2-0
Spread: Coco Gauff -3.5
Totals: Under 19.5
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