Coco Gauff vs Elena-Gabriela Ruse
June 28, 2022 8:00 am EDT
The Line: Elena-Gabriela Ruse +700 / Coco Gauff -1250
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Coco Gauff and Elena-Gabriela Ruse meet in the first round of the 2022 tennis Wimbledon.
Coco Gauff is coming off a semifinal trip in Berlin, and she’s won 9 of her last 11 matches overall. Gauff is easily playing some of the best tennis of her life as she knocks on the door of being a top-10 player in the world at just 18 years old. However, Gauff is coming off a straight sets loss to Ons Jabeur where she got nothing on her second serve and was broken 4 times. Each of Gauff’s last 11 wins have been decided in straight sets. Gauff has lost in the first round of a grand slam twice in 11 previous appearances. Gauff is 2-0 in first round matches at Wimbledon. Gauff has won 6 of her last 8 matches on grass court.
Elena-Gabriela Ruse lost her first match in Eastbourne, and she’s lost 5 of her last 6 matches overall. It’s been a struggle all year for Ruse, as she hasn’t made a single deep run this season in any tournament, and she’s lost 10 of her last 13 sets overall. It’s quite bizarre to see these struggles given that last year was a breakthrough for Ruse, as she jumped in the rankings and made two finals, which includes a Hamburg European Open title. At this point, Ruse will take anything positive she can get. Ruse is 1-5 in career grand slam matches, with her lone victory coming this year in the Australian Open. This will be Ruse’s first Wimbledon appearance since 2019. Ruse has lost 4 of her last 5 matches on grass court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
There’s nothing Ruse has done this year that will make you want to back her in any shape or form. It makes matters worse when you consider how Gauff is playing, as she’s piling up the wins and the confidence is growing in the young American. If Gauff can stay focused, she has the ability to make a run at the title. One match at a time, though.
Give me Gauff in straight sets.