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Australian Open: Emma Raducanu set ‘intriguing’ second-round assembly with Coco Gauff | Tennis Information

Emma Raducanu says she is anticipating a “nice match” in opposition to Coco Gauff on the Australian Open on Wednesday, whereas Barry Cowan has referred to as the second-round conflict “intriguing”.

The assembly will pit in all probability the 2 largest younger stars within the recreation in opposition to one another, with each having transcended tennis in a means that even dominating world No 1 Iga Swiatek has not but managed.

US Open champion Raducanu seemed tried early on throughout her opening match in opposition to German Tamara Korpatsch in Melbourne earlier than settling in to finish a 6-3 6-2 win, whereas Gauff additionally raced into the second spherical after seeing off Katerina Siniakova 6-1 6- 4.

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Raducanu is ready for a captivating duel with Gauff, who’s greater than a 12 months youthful than her however considerably extra skilled

Though she is almost a 12 months and a half older then Gauff, who remains to be solely 18, Raducanu must also really feel a sure freedom given the American is much more skilled and the seventh seed.

“I am actually trying ahead to this match,” stated the British No 1 forward of the much-anticipated showdown. “I am very up for it. Coco has clearly executed a whole lot of nice issues and she or he’s taking part in nicely.

“I believe we’re each good, younger gamers, we’re each coming by, a part of the subsequent era of tennis, actually. It should be an amazing match.”

At their finest, each ladies play fearless tennis

Gauff is wounded with nice athleticism and physicality which provides her energy from the baseline and the power to defend nicely. Her serve is an enormous weapon and her success within the doubles recreation makes her proficient on the web.

Raducanu’s success has come when her aggressive need to hit winners has come off and she or he possesses a capability to hit anybody off the court docket. Having not had a coach for a lot of her early profession she has needed to turn out to be tactically adept and problem-solve on her personal, however she wants to remain match.

Gauff has constructed on her outstanding breakthrough as a 15-year-old at Wimbledon in 2019, when she reached the fourth spherical, gaining expertise after which stepping up final season by making the French Open remaining.

Raducanu is an admirer of {the teenager}, saying: “When she first got here (by) at Wimbledon, I believe after that it took her somewhat bit to regulate as nicely, however then she positively discovered her toes.

“She’s taking part in actually good tennis and searching actually stable proper now. She’s an amazing athlete with some huge weapons. It should be a troublesome opponent.”

“It is a popcorn match. Not too many individuals would have thought the Raducanu would win the primary main forward of Coco Gauff. So Gauff will go into that considering ‘oh, I’ve received a degree to show right here’ and Raducanu may also be considering, ‘nicely, you understand, I may need the Grand Slam, however I additionally need your rating proper now’ so that is what makes this actually intriguing”

Barry Cowan on Raducanu’s match with Gauff

Raducanu has not been overwhelmed with pals within the locker room however Gauff is somebody who has been heat in direction of her, recognizing what a difficult state of affairs the Bromley star discovered herself in after her gorgeous breakthrough triumph.

“I speak to her just about in any respect the tournaments,” stated Gauff. “I did not actually know her that nicely in juniors, however I’ve received to speak to her extra on tour now.

“Clearly she’s gone by a whole lot of stress, bursting onto the scene. I really feel like in all probability greater than I’ve skilled coming to win a Slam.

“And particularly I really feel like being from the UK, being the primary British individual to do one thing in a very long time, in all probability is much more stress than what I am used to being an American. Serena is retired now however she was at all times the American that individuals seemed to.”

Cowan believes Coco is closing in on Grand Slam glory

Poland's Iga Swiatek, right, holds the trophy after winning the final against Coco Gauff, left, in two sets, 6-1, 6-3, at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, June 4, 2022.
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Gauff was runner-up to Poland’s Iga Swiatek in final 12 months’s French Open remaining

TV analyst Barry Cowan feels Gauff has grown in stature since her run to Wimbledon as 15-year-old 4 years in the past and she or he is now within the brink of successful her maiden Grand Slam title.

However he says making the leap depends upon how the younger American can deal with the stress.

Chatting with Sky Sports activitieshe stated: “I really suppose Coco is the one who I believe is getting very near successful a significant and she or he goes to win a significant.

“Allow us to see how that service and let’s examine how that forehand is beneath actual stress as a result of the backhand is wonderful, and bodily, she’s wonderful.

“Mentally, she’s off the charts. The composition that she has is similar to (Carlos) Alcaraz. She is going to feed off the power of the group. The group will feed off the power of Coco. So I believe she’s received a extremely, actually good shot of getting shut and probably successful her first main.”

Nevertheless, Cowan does have doubts about Gauff’s forehand which badly faltered beneath stress throughout her French Open defeat to Iga Swiatek.

He added: “If I used to be assured the serve and the forehand might maintain up beneath stress, I would say for me, she’s head and shoulders second favorite, however there may be nonetheless somewhat little bit of doubt in my thoughts.

“Within the French Open remaining, that was at all times more likely to occur as a result of Swiatek was capable of bully Coco due to these areas of a recreation that I discussed that the perfect gamers can exhibit.”

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