Rising American Coco Vandeweghe (above).
Californian by way of New York City, world # 172 Coco Vandeweghe, still just 19, is in the midst of her best week ever as a pro. On Monday, Vandeweghe, the niece of former New York Knicks’ player and Nets’ general manager, Kiki Vandeweghe, upset world # 37 Klara Zakopalova 6-4, 7-6 (6) at the Toray Women’s Championships in Japan.
Vandeweghe gained her 2nd most important victory as a professional on Tuesday when she defeated world # 18, Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai, 6-4, 6-4. Earlier this year, Vandeweghe upset Wimbledon and US Open ladies singles finalist Vera Zvonareva, to reach her first ever quarter-final on the main tour, which she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Mercury Insurance Open on hardcourts. Rezai has had little luck with young Americans of late. She was also eliminated in the 2nd round of the US Open by young American Beatrice Capra of Maryland.
The Iranian born Rezai displayed poor sportsmanship in Flushing by denigrating Capra after the match.
As for Vandeweghe, her form seemed to improve further with her 3rd round defeat of world # 42 Julia Goerges of Germany, treating Frau Goerges to a bagel in the 2nd set of her 6-3, 6-0 victory. Vandeweghe has now made her 2nd quarter-final on the main tour this year, and is yet to drop a set this week. Of course, we’ll be pulling for her tomorrow.
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