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TENNIS | ROME 2024 | COCO GAUFF TAKES ON REJUVENATED PAULA BADOSA IN QUARTER-FINAL BID

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It hasn’t gone to plan for Coco Gauff over the clay court season so far but the American is determined to grind out results and change her luck sooner rather than later. The former Roland Garros finalist’s three set win over Jaqueline Cristian showed that Gauff will be hard to beat on this surface as she bids for more Grand Slam success in Paris. Now the 20 year-old looks to go one round further than she did in Madrid as she aims to regain momentum ahead of Roland Garros.

he last 16 with a rejuvenated Paula Badosa standing in the American’s way of a place in the quarter-finals. Injuries and a lack of confidence have halted the Spaniard’s progress so far with Badosa seemingly running out of ideas in order to turn her bad form around. However now the 26 year-old has won back-to-back matches for the first time since the Australian Open as she now aims to reach her second consecutive Rome quarter-final.

Gauff will look to be aggressive on serve as she aims to rush Badosa’s baseline play and finish points off at the net. Meanwhile Badosa will look for depth and angles to open up the court as she aims to test the American’s defensive game. This will be a tough match for both players as a win could be pivotal in either player’s season but the momentum is with Badosa and she enters this match as favourite.

It’s been an impressive start to the season for Alex De Minaur who is looking to establish himself as a regular top 15 player. However standards are slipping for the Australian as De Minaur will be hoping to avoid a third consecutive tournament without winning back-to-back matches after early exits in Barcelona and Madrid. The world number eleven will be hoping to rediscover consistency on serve before a real dip in form arrives.

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