Mark Petchey crowned Coco Gauff the best women's athlete to ever play tennis

The North American received massive praise from Mark Petchey, who called Coco the best female athlete to ever play tennis

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Mark Petchey crowned Coco Gauff the best women's athlete to ever play tennis
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US Open winner Coco Gauff will play at the China Open against Ekaterina Alexandrova, but in the meanwhile she received massive praise from Mark Petchey, who called Coco the best women's athlete to ever play tennis. During the Inside-In podcast, Mark Petchey explained: "It gonna be up to other players on the tour to kinda counter the way that she's moving the ball around, particularly on the forehand side.

I don't know, I don't think we've seen a better athlete in women's tennis , and that's something else that's gonna be a problem for that lot of the players out there, and plus the pressure's off.

I think she's the best women's athlete to ever play tennis.

You cannot tell me, the tennis, even when Steffi Graf was around, who I think, in my mind, was the second greatest women's tennis player athlete of all time, you can't tell me that the sport was played at the same speed back then than it is now."

Roddick: "Coco Gauff victory at the US Open is poetic"

During his usual report on Betway, former world number one Andy Roddick commented on the tennis player's performances at the US Open: "I was one of the people who wondered what would have become of tennis without Roger, Rafa and Serena Williams.

The timing of Coco Gauff's win couldn't be better, especially for the development of tennis in the United States. Coco Gauff won her first Slam in the same place where Serena left a year ago, all this is poetic, let's not forget that Serena and Venus have always been her idols."

Then Roddick analyzed the women's US Open and the winner's tournament: "Coco never played her best tennis in the tournament and this is impressive.

In the final she was good with strategy, after the first set she understood that she couldn't fight with the ball with Aryna and for this reason she decided to put it on the run and resistance and in the end Sabalenka exploded."

Finally on the moment of women's tennis: "Four Slam winners in four years, there is great balance and it is interesting.

It seems like we are witnessing what happened with the men at the beginning of the 80s and it is more interesting than seeing the fight with one or only two tennis players at the top."

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