American Coco Gauff and China’s Wang Qiang will bid on Saturday for the first clay title of their careers at the Emilia Romagna Open in Parma.
Gauff, seeded third, already owns her first title earned in October, 2019, in Linz, Austria, while Wang, the WTA No. 48, won a pair of 2018 Tour trophies at Chinese Tour events.
Gauff fought past tournament spoiler Katerina Siniakova 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 in their semi-final, beating the Czech who knocked Serena Williams out in an opening match.
“My experience in Linz will help,” Gauff said. “I’ve been in a final, I know how the nerves react. I know how to handle the situation.”
Neither player had lost a set going into the semi-final. “She’s a super-tricky player,” Gauff said.
“She had some great wins. I had to hang in during the second when my level dropped but it picked up again in the third.”
Sixth seed Wang needed a struggle to defeat 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens, coming from 1-5 down in the second set for a 6-2, 7-6(3) result.
The Chinese player will be competing in her first final outside of her native country, a stronghold for WTA events.
Wang holds the edge over Stephens, defeating the Floridian at the 2016 Australian Open and Wuhan, 2017.
Stephens sank with 41 unforced errors, losing serve five times in an hour and three-quarters.
Main photo:- Coco Gauff winning semi final Photo by Marta Magni Images- MEF Tennis Events