World number 30 Cori Gauff continues to rule the roost as she takes on China’s Wang Qiang in the final of the 2021 Parma Open on Saturday, May 22. Get the live streaming options of this Cori Gauff v Wang Qiang match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Cori Gauff v Wang Qiang Head to Head
Gauff and Qiang have not played a single competitive match with each other before this one.
Gauff Makes Year’s First Final
Winner of one WTA title in her career, Gauff now has the chance to double her tally as she takes on China’s former world number 12. And she has gotten herself to the final by taking down Katerima Siniakova in three sets.
In a match that lasted two hours and 10 minutes, Gauff won 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 to seal the title-decider.
Playing against someone who had taken out Serena Williams was never going to be easy but a high-risk game with her first serve paid rich dividends. Gauff slammed five aces and won 65% of her first serve points to get herself closer to the win.
And while both players got themselves four breaks of serves, it was Gauff’s couple of breaks in the final set that decided the encounter in her favour. She had earlier usurped Kaia Kanepi, Camila Giorgi and Amanda Anisimova in the first three rounds before needing this three-setter.
Can she overcome a player whose form has suddenly exploded in 2021?
Qiang Doubles Her Win Count 2021
Before the start of this competition, Qiang had won a mere four matches across the entire season. A straight-set rout of Sloane Stephens took the Chinese player to a whopping eight wins this calendar year.
Qiang won her semifinal 6-2, 7-6 (3) to march it into the final here.
Having defeated Petra Martic in her quartefinal, Qiang came back from 1-5 down in the second set, faced three set-points before forcing a tie-breaker with back to back breaks.
In the end, Qiang also frittered away two match-points before winning off the third.
Earlier this season, Qiang’s only wins had come into this encounter on the back of three successive defeats and an overall 11 losses all year. Can she now more than her double her win tally for the season?
Gauff v Qiang Prediction and Tip
Not surprising to have Gauff as a favourite here, starting out at 9/25 to go the distance and 10/11 to win it in straight sets. Backing the American to carve it out in 2.