Katerina Siniakova vs Cori Gauff
WTA Parma 2021 May, 21st 2021.
Closing odds - money line
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Gauff in Second Successive Semi Final
Second seeded Petra Martic lost in the last eight on Thursday. That means that Coco Gauff, seeded third is the highest remaining seed in the Emilia Romagna Open. The American takes on Katerina Siniakova in what is her second successive semi-final in as many weeks.
Last week saw Gauff make it to the last four in Rome. That was a little fortunate as she was losing to Ashleigh Barty in the last eight before the Australian retired. That's not been the case this week with Gauff having three good wins in Parma. The first round saw her beat Kaia Kanepi in straight sets but both went to a tie-break. It was the latest in a series of long matches that Gauff has been involved in.
That wasn't the case in round two as only five games were lost against Camila Giorgi. Gauff had a tough match in the last eight as she took on fifth seeded Amanda Anisimova but came through that with a 6-3 6-3 win. That took her into this semi-final against Siniakova. The pair have only had one previous singles match. That was in Ostrava last year with Gauff winning in straight sets.
Her success on clay this season is doing wonders for her ranking. The 17-year-old is up to 30th but will rise to 27 after her success in this tournament. It can get even higher if she wins this match and that will help her seeding in Paris. In the WTA race, Gauff is up to 14th and a win here will take her to 12th.
Siniakova Out to Cause Another Shock
Katerina Siniakova is the world number 68, a drop of nine places since the start of 2021 and 14 below her ranking this time last year. Her career has seen more success in the doubles. 2018 saw her win titles in the French Open and at Wimbledon. This year began with a run to the final of the women's doubles in the Australian Open and her doubles world ranking is eighth.
In terms of singles though, it's not been an easy year for the 25 year-old Czech. Her time down under didn't produce any wins and then she failed to make it to the main draw in Qatar. Her poor run continued when losing her first match in Dubai. More bad results followed but her low point was in Miami. Siniakova lost her first match and it was to Ana Konjuh, who at the time had a world ranking of 338.
Switching to clay has seen her fortunes improve. A last eight was reached in Istanbul, but then she failed to get into the main draw in Madrid. This week has seen much better form though. Clara Tauson (who has won a tournament this year) was beaten in the irst round. That took her into a second round match against number one seed Serena Williams. Siniakova won that match in straight sets and then beat eighth seeded Caroline Garcia in the last eight, again without dropping a set.
An intriguing match then, can Siniakova continue her impressive form this week? Her only WTA Main Tour title on clay was four years ago. Gauff meanwhile has only won one clay court title, the Junior title in Paris three years ago. A bet on over 20.5 games looks a winner here. Who'll win? Slight preference is for Gauff but her opponent has beaten better opposition this week.