No. 15 seed Cori Gauff will take on No. 21 seed Paula Badosa in the third round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Monday, October 11. Get the live streaming options of this Cori Gauff v Paula Badosa match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Cori Gauff v Paula Badosa Head to Head
This will be the first time that the two will faceoff in a singles contest.
Gauff Battles Past Garcia
Making her main draw debut at Indian Wells, World No. 19 Coria Gauff began her campaign with a win as she battled past France’s Caroline Garcia on Saturday.
The 15th seed converted five of 14 break points and saved two of the four that she faced, as she won the two-hour-and-10-minute second-round contest 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1.
With the win, the 17-year-old improved her season record to 36-15. This is the first tournament that Gauff’s featuring in since her second round exit from the U.S. open.
Gauff, who won her second WTA title in Parma this year, is one of the few players with a winning record on all three surfaces this year. She had a terrific 16-4 record on clay, which also included her maiden major quarterfinal appearance at the French Open, and was 4-2 on grass, reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon for the second time in two appearances.
She has struggled a bit on hard courts, but still has a solid 14-9 record.
Playing for the first time in over a month on Saturday, Gauff won 72% percent of her first serve points and won 105 of the 189 total points in the match. She got the only break of the first set, but was given a tough fight from a determined Garcia in the second. The Frenchwoman eventually won the second in the tiebreak and forced the third, but the American raced away with the third.
Badosa Sees Off Yastremska
No. 21 seed Paula Badosa toughed it out against Dayana Yastremska before edging out the Ukrainian in the second round on Saturday.
Yastremska started well taking a 1-3 lead with a break of serve in the first, but Badosa overcame the initial stutter and won the next four games in a row. She held on to the lead and served out the first set. The Spaniard got a break in the very first game of the second, before Yastremska made a stunning comeback breaking Badosa thrice in the set and forcing the third.
With her back against the wall, Badosa lifted her game in the third and turned the tables on Yastremska with two breaks of serve as she clinched the contest 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in an hour and 46 minutes.
Ranked No. 27th in the world, the Spaniard won her maiden WTA title at the Serbia Open this year and reached her first major quarterfinal at Roland Garros, her first WTA 1000 semifinal in Madrid and made a quarterfinal appearance in Cincinnati on debut.
The 23-year-old right-hander, who also made her Round of 16 debut at Wimbledon, improved her season record to 36-15 following Saturday’s win.
Gauff v Badosa Prediction and Tip
Both players have enjoyed a great season and have produced solid results on consistent basis. Both have made big gains in the rankings as well and are looking to impress on their Indian Wells debut. Expect a cracking contest with the home favourite edging through in three.