Andy Roddick’s verdict on Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff, Elena Rybakina competition

Ewan West
Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka pose
Iga Swiatek of Poland and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus before their match

Former world No 1 Andy Roddick has proclaimed he does not know which of Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff and Elena Rybakina is the best player on the WTA Tour.

The 2003 US Open champion admitted he changes his mind “every week” about who is the leading player of the four, but “loves” the battle between the quartet and feels it makes the women’s game “fun.”

Swiatek, Sabalenka, Gauff and Rybakina, who are the top four players in the WTA Rankings in that order, have established themselves as the elite group in the women’s game.

The four players have all won at least one Grand Slam title and reached another final, while they have also all claimed at least one WTA 1000 crown.

Sabalenka, Swiatek and Gauff are currently the defending champions at the Australian Open, French Open and US Open respectively, while Rybakina won Wimbledon in 2022.

Rybakina, Sabalenka and Swiatek have all secured titles in 2024, but world No 26 Jasmine Paolini emerged as a surprise winner at this week’s WTA 1000 event in Dubai.

Swiatek and Gauff were beaten by Anna Kalinskaya in the semi-finals and quarter-finals respectively, Rybakina withdrew after reaching the last eight, while Sabalenka fell to Donna Vekic in her opening match.

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Speaking on the latest episode of his Served podcast, Roddick discussed the dominance of the quartet after Swiatek defeated Rybakina in a high-level WTA 1000 final in Doha last week.

“I’m watching Doha and I watched the Swiatek-Rybakina final and I hope I put this the right way, I love what I’m seeing on the women’s tour right now,” the American said.

“It’s like, you know, Gauff steps up at the US Open last year and then Swiatek steps up at World Tour Finals. And I’m like, ‘Oh, she’s the best player’ and then, you know, Australia happens and Sabalenka pushes the the envelope again and gets through in dominant fashion, not losing a set.

“And then Swiatek comes right back. I feel like, we’re seeing this, this group of elite players, players that have have won Slams already, really pushing each other and we’re kind of watching it in real time.

“And a lot of times in tennis, we kind of forget the moment to realise when it’s actually happening and then we look back and be like, ‘Wasn’t that great?’ I feel like we’re seeing them kind of push each other and elevate their own product in real time.

“And I’m here for it. I loved it. I loved Iga Swiatek’s victory. I love how much she cares. Rybakina is back, once she gets a downhill head of steam with that serve is dangerous.

“I think the delta between her good and bad is probably more than the other 3 that we mentioned, but her upside is probably just as good or better than than the rest of them. So I don’t know who’s best. I change my mind every week, but isn’t that fun?”

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