Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek will face US Open champion Coco Gauff in the second group stage match at the 2023 WTA Finals. The match will be played on November 1, 2023.We’ve got an exciting blockbuster pitting two Grand Slam champions.
Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff will meet for the 10th time and the narrative has never been bigger. Swiatek earned an excellent win in her first round-robin match against Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova. The Pole was slow off the blocks, trailing Vondrousova by a double break in the first set, but she steadied herself to mount an incredible comeback.
Swiatek won four straight games to turn the set around and ended up clinching it in a decisive tiebreak. Clearly shaken and hurt after that first set collapse, Vondrousova’s best tennis deserted her in the second set as Swiatek romped to victory winning 6-0.Coco Gauff, meanwhile, picked up her first-ever win at the WTA Finals. The World No. 3 crushed Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur 6-0, 6-1 in 59 minutes. Gauff dropped just four points behind her dominant first serve, and tallying 16 winners in the match. Jabeur played poorly, inarguably her worst performance of the season and in such an important tournament. The World No. 7’s abject display was compounded by 27 unforced errors and was only able to win 41% first-serve points.
Iga Swiatek leads Coco Gauff 8-1 in their head-to-head. Gauff earned her solitary win during that purple patch in the US swing. At the time, it served as a barometer of how much the 19-year-old had improved this year. She would win three titles on home turf, culminating with a maiden Grand Slam at the US Open. Gauff’s majestic performance in the first match of the WTA Finals should give her bags of confidence ahead of her meeting against the former World No. 1. But it is worth noting that Swiatek restored normalcy in Beijing, ending Gauff’s 16-match unbeaten streak. At her best level, the Pole still holds the keys to the win and we reckon she’ll thwart Gauff’s powers again.