Tough task for teenage sensation’s Devonshire Park debut
Cori “Coco” Gauff, the rising star on the WTA Tour, is aiming to return to Wimbledon with her weapons finely tuned after signing up for another English grass court tournament, albeit one with a trio of former Grand Slam champions.
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After claiming her first WTA title aged just 15, Gauff captured only her second WTA crown with a spectacular clay court final success over China’s Wang Qiang at the
Gauff, the youngest player ranked in the top 100 by the WTA, has recently hit a rich vein of form on clay so shall be aiming to switch her winning ways to the faster surfaces, which do suit her style of play.
To score a win at Birmingham seems viable with just four players in the world’s top 30 set to compete. These comprise Belgium’s Elise Mertens (world no.15),
However, Gauff has a much tougher task on the sunny south coast resort of Eastbourne as six of the world’s top ten players are included in the entry list, namely Aryna Sabalenka (no.4), Sofia Kenin (no.5), Elina Svitolina (no.6), Bianca Andreescu (no.7), Iga Swiatek (no.9) and Karolina Pliskova (no.10).
Belarusia’s Sabalenka finished 2018 Eastbourne
American Kenin, who started hitting with tennis stars shortly after she made USA television appearances at the age of five, was crowned 2019 Australian Open champion. She saw off Spain’s Garbine Muguruza 4–6 6–2 6–2 and aged 21 at the time became the youngest Australian Open champion since Russian Maria Sharapova in 2008.
Ukraine’s Svitolina reached the 2019 Wimbledon
Andreescu, who stunned the tennis world by capturing the 2019 US Open, will be hoping that the grass season is an improvement on her recent clay court exploits. The Canadian withdrew from her
Former Junior Wimbledon champion Swiatek (no.9) continues her stunning rise on the WTA Tour. The Pole became the
Defending Eastbourne champion Pliskova makes up the top 10 aces, the former world no.1 has reached the