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Serena Williams’ ex-coach tells Coco Gauff why Iga Swiatek routinely received their match

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Serena Williams’ ex-coach Patrick Mouratoglou recognized three causes behind Coco Gauff’s French Open loss to Iga Swiatek with “technical points on the forehand” being one of many largest causes for the reason that Pole closely exploited that. 

On Thursday, reigning US Open champion Gauff hoped to achieve her third Grand Slam last however did not achieve her purpose after Swiatek simply dealt with the enterprise in opposition to her and gave her a 6-2 6-4 loss. 

When the match began, it was evident that Gauff wished to be aggressive and never watch for something. However sadly for Gauff, it wasn’t actually working because the American dropped her serve within the first and fifth video games but additionally missed out on break factors within the second and fourth video games. 

Early within the second set, Gauff earned her first break of the match for a 3-1 lead however then misplaced the following 4 video games as Swiatek went on to finish a two-set win. 

Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek
Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek © Getty Photographs Sport – Dan Istitene


Reflecting on the match, Mouratoglou says it was fairly evident {that a} huge a part of Swiatek’s recreation was to focus on Gauff’s forehand – which many consider nonetheless wants technical enhancements regardless of the 20-year-old’s success. Then, Mouratoglou mentioned that it did not look that Gauff “had an actual recreation plan” and likewise added that the American did not do job in an important factors and moments of the match. 

Mouratoglou lists three causes that led to Gauff’s defeat to Swiatek 

“I’d have favored to not let you know about Gauff’s forehand, however there’s a actual technical drawback. And it’s true that Iga Swiatek performed excessively on that facet, and he or she did nicely,” Mouratoglou informed France TV.

“I believe there are three explanation why the match didn’t give the battle we might have favored. First, I didn’t see an actual recreation plan from Coco, I discovered that she was typing all the pieces in all instructions and that it wasn’t actually constructed.

“We didn’t actually know what which means she wished to provide to her match. Then, there was this weak spot on the forehand facet which was exploited very nicely by Swiatek. After which, there’s the administration of the details as a result of there have been nonetheless loads of probabilities and, every time, it was Swiatek who was the very best.

“So once you don’t handle vital factors nicely, when you could have a giant weak spot and when the sport plan just isn’t clear, it’s troublesome to win.”

Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff © Getty Photographs Sport – Tim Goode

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What Gauff mentioned after dropping to Swiatek for the eleventh time?

When Gauff and Swiatek met within the French Open semifinal, they had been taking part in in opposition to one another for the twelfth time. Whereas Gauff is a Grand Slam champion and he or she would be the second-ranked participant on the earth on Monday, she simply would not appear to have a solution for Swiatek because the Pole now leads their head-to-head 11-1.

At one level final yr, Swiatek had a 7-0 head-to-head versus Gauff however her excellent file got here to an finish after the American received their Cincinnati match. On the time, Gauff hoped that win signaled the beginning of one thing extra optimistic in her matches versus Swiatek. However that hasn’t occurred because the Polish world No. 1 has since claimed 4 consecutive straight-set wins over the 20-year-old American.

Going ahead, Gauff admits she desires to enhance and do higher in her subsequent conferences versus Swiatek.

“I am unable to sit right here and say it is one thing I am not going to need to flip round. I’ve to be optimistic and consider in myself,” Gauff mentioned after her newest loss to Swiatek.

“At the moment I felt very assured going into the match. I do know that there are issues that I can enhance to make this a more in-depth scoreline. Like, first-serve proportion was fairly low, I believe. From Rome to this week I improved rather a lot on my serve. Despite the fact that it is not the place I would like it to be, however going from, like, 15 double faults to possibly three or 4 as we speak, I do not know, it is a huge enchancment.

“I do not really feel like my recreation is all the best way developed but. I really feel like once I… attain my peak, then I can possibly reply the query, however I positively do not suppose I am there but.”

Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff© Getty Photographs Sport – Tim Goode


If all the pieces goes as deliberate, Gauff ought to shortly return to motion as she is scheduled to open her grass season at a WTA 500 match in Berlin, which begins on June seventeenth. Since Swiatek can also be on Berlin’s entry record, Gauff might probably meet the Pole as quickly as later this month. 

In her earlier two Berlin appearances, Gauff was a semifinalist in 2022 whereas she misplaced within the round-of-16 final yr.

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