Coco Gauff has more Wimbledon chance than 'vulnerable' Iga Swiatek says John McEnroe

Thursday, 27 June 2024 at 09:04
John McEnroe says that the door is firmly open for any of the top female players to win the Wimbledon women's title which begins on July 1 with the draw on Friday.
McEnroe believes that big hitters in Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka shine above the rest, but that Coco Gauff shouldn't be counted out. Whilst Iga Swiatek is World No.1, grass isn't her favoured surface and McEnroe sees Gauff as having more chance over her who he sees as 'vulnerable'.
Gauff also will have the added bonus amid her poor record against Swiatek of not playing her until at least the final at SW19. Usually they meet just before with the American holding a horrific record against her, but in this belief McEnroe sees Gauff as having more chance as ever. Whilst he sees Swiatek as 'vulnerable' though, he said that he sees her likely figuring something out eventually.
But truth betold picking a Wimbledon winner is an interesting beast with Elena Rybakina and Marketa Vondrousova the last two of five different winners in recent years. There is no real telling factor behind who will win with Ons Jabeur perhaps seen as favourite the last two years only to fall at the final hurdle in her mission.
“Coco Gauff is a great player. She’s got the major (US Open title in 2023) and knows how to play on the grass. She’s more comfortable on it than Iga Swiatek is,” he told
“That doesn’t mean Iga isn’t going to figure something out, but she’s more vulnerable on grass than any other surface. It opens the door for some other players.
“Elena Rybakina, the way she plays, it suits her game more and it’s the same for Aryna Sabalenka, they are big hitters.”
He also saw Naomi Osaka as potentially being in the mix to seal the title. `"It’ll be interesting to see what Naomi Osaka can do on the grass. The door is open, for sure.”

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