Cori Gauff has named Iga Swiatek as the toughest opponent to play against. Gauff, ranked at No 6 in the world, has played against top-ranked Swiatek six times. In each of those six meetings, Swiatek clinched a straight-set win over Gauff.
Gauff has managed to beat pretty much every top player at least once – but Swiatek never. “Right now, head-to-head, definitely Iga. I haven’t beaten her. I would say she is the biggest. Pretty much everybody else I’ve gotten some wins over.
Everyone in the top 10 I think I have played, and maybe won and lost to, except Iga. I think she’s the only one I haven’t beaten,” Gauff said, via Eurosport.
don’t think I will ever be like (Elena) Rybakina who can really literally hit someone off the court. I think more the way I want to play is being aggressive on the right shots. I think the tiebreaker [against Kudermetova] I did really well in that.
A lot of the shots I hit were kind of close to the line, but I think those are the shots that I know I can make. I missed a couple of those earlier in the match, but it’s the fact that I went for them, I think that’s when I made them when I needed to.
The [Roland-Garros] final is great, but like I feel like since then last year, I feel like the way I have been losing matches has been because of that, I need to change something. I think just keeping that mentality I had last year, using my physicality to make them play tennis but also not making them comfortable where they feel like they can just hit me off the court. It’s just finding that balance, and I’m still trying to figure it out,” Gauff said.