Venus Williams vs Cori Gauff - Australian Open - Preview and Prediction
It is a clash of generations once again as 39-year-old Venus Williams takes on 15-year-old Cori Gauff in the first round of the Australian Open
- Gauff is the youngest while Venus is the oldest in this year's draw
- Gauff beat Venus in straight sets in the Wimbledon last year
- Venus is playing a professional tournament after three months
- Gauff is making her debut at the Australian Open
World number 66, Coco Gauff has already created a lot of records. 2019 was an unforgettable year for the teen. She reached the fourth round of Wimbledon and the third round of the US Open. Gauff also became the youngest player to win a WTA singles title when she clinched the Linz Open.
Though she lost to number 72, Laura Siegemund in three sets in the second round of the Auckland Open, Gauff managed to reach the doubles semifinals partnering with Catherine McNally.
On the other hand, number 55, Venus keeps extending her legacy. It is inspiring that she is continuing to play top-notch tennis after making her professional debut more than two decades ago.
Strengths of Venus
Vast experience and fast game-play are her pros
Strengths of Gauff
Fearless attitude, great court coverage and playing her best against the big names are her plus points
"This is my first slam getting into the main draw without getting a wildcard or qualifying, I have not been back in Melbourne since I was 13 when I played juniors so I am really excited to play on the big stage", said Gauff reflecting her excitement ahead of the blockbuster clash.
The fans will be excited to watch this enthralling encounter. While Venus has nothing to lose, Gauff will have to keep her nerves under control.
The first set can prove to be a big factor in deciding the winner of the match.
Prediction - Cori Gauff to win in three sets
Cover Image Credits - Alpha Press