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Swiatek Clobbers Coco Again At French Open

Iga vs Coco was supposed to become a WTA rivalry however the American isn’t holding up her side of the bargain.

Once again Gauff got clobbered by the Polish Powerhouse to the tune of 64 62. It was a rematch of the 2022 final.

The top seed and defending champion Swiatek is now 7-0 vs Gauff and has not lost a set to the teenager (14-0) who was seeded no. 6.

Gauff came to Paris without an official coach, though she has said several times her parents are her coach. Gauff parted ways after Miami Open with Diego Moyano because of his personal reasons. But you know how those player/coach break ups go… it’s always a publicly amicable ending to preserve the image and value of each side.

As Gauff continues to stagnate in singles for a couple of years now after her dynamic debut as a fifteen year old, tennis observers will continue to wonder what kind of spark an expensive but highly experienced and decorated figure such as Brad Gilbert, Sasha Bajin, Dmitri Tursunov, Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, Venus Williams or Wim Fissette could impact on her.

Swiatek advances to the semifinals and will meet Brazilian 14 seed Beatriz Haddad Maia, who upset Ons Jabeur earlier today in three sets. Swiatek is 0-1 career vs Haddad Maia, a defeat incurred last summer in Toronto.

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  • catherine · June 9, 2023 at 7:14 am

    Swiatek anticipating the final v Muchova:

    Swiatek: “I’m pretty happy that I don’t have to deal with so much stuff that I dealt with in Australia. Obviously it’s still a lot of pressure and it’s not easy, but also on clay I feel like I have more weapons than faster hard court. I’m trying to use that confidence and that feeling of being comfortable on that surface to just kind of focus on that a little bit more and play better because of that.”

    I’d like to see Iga improve her game on faster courts because she won’t win W’don without it. And I’m sure she doesn’t want to go down in history as someone who was ‘only good on clay’. She’s got plenty of weapons:)

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 9, 2023 at 7:46 am

    Catherine, it’s not like Iga is ordinary on hard or grass, she’s just not dominant – yet.

  • catherine · June 14, 2023 at 2:36 am

    Not a single word (that I could see) about Swiatek’s RG win.

    Even Djokovic congratulated her.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 14, 2023 at 7:48 am

    I didnt see the Iga win Catherine, was at the tournament here, they changed my match time. Not a big surprise Iga won that final vs the inexperienced Muchova. Heard it was a wonderful final though 64 in third.

  • catherine · June 14, 2023 at 11:41 am

    I thought Iga was a little nervous actually. As the titles pile up so will the pressure. Muchova is good to watch but I can’t see her as a future No 1. Maybe too much prone to injury to build that year on year momentum. Some lovely shotmaking though.

  • catherine · June 14, 2023 at 11:56 am

    Fashion note – Iga looks completely different with her hair waved. She adopted this look for her Champion’s photo shoot. Very flattering.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 14, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Catherine, I see Muchova as another Novotna, hard luck Grand Slam final loser who bounces back to win one someday down the road. My Czech source tells me she is considered a boring personality by the Czech media and public.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 14, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    Catherine, I think the majority of wta players look totally different off court when they go to the beauty salon for a shoot or some kind of gala. Some are even unrecognizable. Have to admit I think most of them look at their best on the tennis court actually.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 15, 2023 at 7:47 am

    “Tsitsidosa” already had 37.1 thousand followers on instagram.



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