Amanda Anisimova and Coco Gauff will re-play their 2017 US Open junior final when the American teenaged talents face off at the Emilia-Romagna Open.

The high-profile quarter-final in Parma will be the needle match of the last eight after headliner Serena Williams was knocked out in the second round by Katerina Siniakova.

Anisimova, 19, and seeded fifth, lined up her spot on Tuesday, with the 17-year-old third seed Gauff joining her a day later with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Italy’s Camila Giorgi.

The Florida winner notched five breaks of serve in the 72-minute victory over the local favourite.

After playing for well over a month on clay and achieving a Rome semi-final, hardcourt-born Gauff said she is getting accustomed to the European surface.

“I’m for sure more comfortable and my movement and shot selection is a lot better,” she said. 

“With more and more matches I expect to get better.

“Amanda and I have not played on the Tour, it should be a great match, a good test.

“She hits a hard ball and I’ll have to take my chances when I can and stay on offense.”

Anisimova, who underwent an appendix operation in Australia the week after the Open in February, has had less joy on the clay, failing to advance past a second round.

Main photo:-Amanda Anisimoa set to meet Coco Gauff again – by Marta Magni Images/MEF Tennis Event


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