American and world number 7 Coco Gauff will meet British tennis player Emma Raducanu in the second round of the Australian Open.
Gauff proceeded with ease on the opening day of the Grand Slam, overtaking Czech Katerina Siniakova in straight sets at Rod Laver Arena.
The 18-year-old beat her opponent 6-1 6-4 and is looking to surpass her previous exit in the fourth round at the 2020 Australian Open.
Her opponent, Raducanu, also won in straight sets against Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch.
The 2021 US Open winner was impressive in her opener, advancing to the next round with a 6-3 6-2 win at 1573 Arena.
Gauff starts the game as a heavy favorite, but Raducanu shouldn’t be overlooked as a potential upset.
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Coco Gauff (USA) vs. Emma Raducanu (GBR)
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Coco Gauff (USA) vs Emma Raducanu (GBR) form and betting trends
Gauff started 2023 in a good way, winning the ASB Classic the first week of January.
The American did not drop a set throughout the tournament and dominated the final against Spaniard Rebeka Masarova.
In her last Grand Slam, Gauff reached the quarters at the 2022 US Open and lost to Caroline Garcia at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
However, the 18-year-old has jumped into the top 10 of the world rankings and would be looking to improve her position at the start of the year.
Raducanu’s preparations for the Australian Open have been limited after suffering a wrist injury in the latter part of the 2022 season.
The 2021 US Open champion was forced to withdraw from her Round of 16 match at the ASB Classic due to the ankle injury she suffered during the match and was in doubt to compete at the Melbourne Precinct .
Before the Auckland tournament, Raducanu made the semi-finals of the Korean Open in September and the round of 16 of the Slovenia Open.
However, the British tennis player failed to defend her US Open title, losing in an unusual way early in the first round to Alize Cornet.
Gauff’s current form has most bettors pushing her to advance to the third round, but Raducanu has started her campaign in impressive fashion.
Coco Gauff (USA) vs. Emma Raducanu (GBR) head-to-head
This second-round match will be the first time Gauff and Raducanu will play against each other.
Coco Gauff (USA) vs Emma Raducanu (GBR) preview and prediction
A second-round victory could set either of these players up for a deep run at the Australian Open given the current draw.
With a relatively clean run, the pair are more than capable of advancing to the quarter-finals, where world No. 1 Iga Swiatek will likely be waiting.
Gauff is the favorite after showing stellar form at the start of 2023.
The American came through the first round with ease and will be looking to continue her impressive start against Raducanu.
However, the British tennis player won’t be an easy task despite the lingering injury issues that have hampered her in 2022.
Raducanu has faced limited preparation for the 2023 Australian Open, battling a recent ankle injury which forced a walk at the ASB Classic.
The tennis sensation has also had a string of extremely frustrating issues since winning the 2021 US Open.
With swollen fingers and back problems, Raducanu approaches the Grand Slam worse than his opponent.
Prediction: Gauff to defeat Raducanu in straight sets.
What time is Coco Gauff (USA) vs. Emma Raducanu (GBR)?
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How to watch Coco Gauff (USA) vs. Emma Raducanu (GBR) in the Australian Open second round
|TV channel||Eurosport 1 or 2||ESPN/ESPN2||TSN1/TSN5||Channel 9|
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Australia: The Network Nine is once again the free-to-air broadcaster of the Australian Open in 2023.
The Australian Open can also be watched on Smart TV via 9Now and City sports through apps or a device such as Chromecast.
There are several ways to live stream the Australian Open via either 9Now or City sports.
UK: Coverage of the Australian Open 2023 will be shown in the UK live and exclusively on Eurosport.
Eurosport 1 and 2 will provide daily coverage of the action in Melbourne.
UK fans will be able to stream the Australian Open 2023 live on the Discovery+ app, the Eurosport app or via eurosport.co.uk
UNITED STATES: US-based tennis fans will be able to watch this year’s Australian Open via ESPN. Matches will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2.
Both ESPN+ and fuboTV will offer live streaming during the Australian Open 2023. FuboTV offers a free trial.
Canada: The Australian Open 2023 will be broadcast in Canada by TSN.
Games will be broadcast on TSN1 or TSN5.
Canadian fans can stream the action live from Melbourne Park on TSN+.
The full TSN+ broadcast schedule can be accessed here.