Coco Gauff to Face Paula Badosa in Round of 16 at 2024 Italian Open

Coco Gauff advances to the Italian Open's Round of 16 after defeating Jaqueline Cristian 6-1, 0-6, 6-3. Gauff will face Paula Badosa in the next round, despite Badosa leading their head-to-head record 3-1.

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Coco Gauff to Face Paula Badosa in Round of 16 at 2024 Italian Open

Coco Gauff to Face Paula Badosa in Round of 16 at 2024 Italian Open

American tennis player Coco Gauff has advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2024 Italian Open in Rome, Italy, after defeating Jaqueline Cristian 6-1, 0-6, 6-3 on Saturday evening. The third-seeded Gauff overcame a challenging second set to secure her spot in the next round, where she will face Spain's Paula Badosa on May 13.

Despite struggling with double faults, including 15 in her match against Cristian, the 20-year-old Gauff has improved to 23-7 on the season. She bounced back from a disappointing second set, reflecting on her performance: "I think (when) you lose a set 6-0, I mean, the first three games I will say she played well. One or two points, it could have been 2-1. The last three games definitely was on my racquet where I was just making errors."

Gauff, currently ranked No. 3 in the world, expressed confidence heading into the decisive third set against Cristian, stating: "I felt, like, very confident going into the third set, (when) I could have let the 6-0 get to me." This victory follows her win against Poland's Magdalena Frech (6-3, 6-3) in the previous round of the Rome tournament.

Gauff's upcoming opponent, Paula Badosa, advanced to the Round of 16 with a hard-fought 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over Russia's Diana Shnaider. Badosa, who has made a decent start to the season with 9 wins from 18 matches, reached the third round of the Australian Open and the last 16 in Stuttgart earlier this year.

The head-to-head record between Gauff and Badosa favors the Spaniard, who leads 3-1. Badosa defeated Gauff most recently in the 2023 Madrid Open. While Gauff has been slightly shaky on tour since reaching the semifinals in Indian Wells, Badosa is slowly finding her rhythm on the main tour.

The upcoming fourth-round clash between Coco Gauff and Paula Badosa at the Italian Open promises to be an exciting encounter. With a spot in the quarterfinals on the line, both players will be looking to execute their strategies efficiently and recover well from their previous matches. Although Gauff's recent form suggests she may have the upper hand, Badosa's head-to-head advantage and ability to cause an upset cannot be overlooked in this high-stakes clay-court battle.

Key Takeaways

  • Coco Gauff advances to Italian Open Round of 16, defeating Jaqueline Cristian 6-1, 0-6, 6-3.
  • Gauff overcomes 15 double faults and improves to 23-7 on the season.
  • Gauff faces Paula Badosa in the next round, despite Badosa leading their head-to-head 3-1.
  • Badosa advanced with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over Diana Shnaider.
  • The Gauff-Badosa match promises to be an exciting encounter with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.