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Washington and Cincinnati Open champion, Coco Gauff has set the stage for a thrilling third-round encounter at the US Open against Elise Mertens. The Belgian ace will have to live up to expectations back home but has her work cut out with a meeting against the rising Gauff.
Our favourite Elise Mertens vs Coco Gauff match predictions
Gauff, on a remarkable mission since her Wimbledon setback, faces a determined Mertens, who has been battling her way through tough matches. Don’t miss out on the latest updates and expert advice for the US Open 2023.
2-0 to Coco Gauff @ 13/25 (1.52)
The bookmakers are backing Coco to triumph in this meeting and that too without much hindrance. The teenager started sluggishly against Laura Siegemund but registered a come-from-behind victory in the end. Mira Andreeva was shown why she still has areas to cover as the Russian was ousted in straight sets. A similar fate awaits Mertens, who saved a matchpoint against Mirijam Bjorklund to reach this far. With Gauff showing no mercy to her rivals, we do not expect Mertens to catch another break and will suffer a straight-sets defeat.
Under 19.5 Games @ ()
Mertens’ last four matches have been three-set affairs with over 19.5 games played at each time of asking. That trend is likely to change against the imposing Gauff. Since handing away the first set, the American starlet made little work of Siegemund, needing only 18 games to overcome her. Andreeva was never given the chance to settle and was sent packing 17 games.
The odds in this article were correct at the time of writing, and the odds are subject to change. We recommend checking with your bookmaker before placing a bet.
American teenager under the spotlight
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far this season for the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
Elise Mertens preview
The former world No. 12 has faced tough times on the tour but continues to find her way into Grand Slam third rounds. Her journey in New York has once again demonstrated her tenacity on the tour, navigating through challenging matches to reach the third round at the US Open. Mertens’ ability to save match points against Collins and Bjorklund in previous rounds reflects her never-give-up attitude, despite a season that has seen her slide outside the top 30 rankings.
Coco Gauff preview
The 19-year-old Gauff has displayed a resolute determination to make her mark on the tennis circuit, making deep runs in Grand Slam events like the Australian Open and Roland-Garros earlier this year. She has a Grand Slam third-round record of 8-2, including her quarterfinal run at last year’s US Open. With title successes in two of the three events leading up to the Flushing Meadows extravaganza, Coco will have high aspirations this time around.
Mertens vs Gauff head to head
Coco holds a 2-0 lead in their head-to-head encounters, winning in Eastbourne in 2021 and at Roland-Garros last year.
Key match details
- When will this match start? This match starts at 00:00 GMT on 02 September.
- Who is the top seed of the US Open? Iga Swiatek has the top billing at the US Open 2023.
- Who is the reigning US Open champion? Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek are the reigning US Open champions.
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