CoCo Vandeweghe vs. Kirsten Flipkens, US Open R1 Preview

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🇺🇸 (24) CoCo Vandeweghe vs. 🇧🇪 Kirsten Flipkens

The 24th seeded CoCo Vandeweghe begins her 2018 US Open campaign on Tuesday with a tricky opening round clash against Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens. Vandeweghe has won both of the previous matches between the pair but enters this match in poor form and under a huge amount of pressure. Can Flipkens claim her first victory over the feisty American?

Coco Vandeweghe of the United States in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Vandeweghe enters the final Grand Slam of the year having not won a match in almost 3 months. Vandeweghe is on a 5-match losing streak, her most recent win was in 's-Hertogenbosch. Vandeweghe is defending semi-finalist points at this year’s US Open, an early round exit would see her ranking plummet. Vandeweghe was forced to retire in the third set of her opening round match against Magdalena Rybarikova last week in New Haven. Injury has been an ongoing issue for Vandeweghe over the last few months.

Kirsten Flipkens arrives in New York having also not had the greatest results of late. Flipkens competed in the qualifying draws in Montreal, Cincinnati and New Haven, successfully qualifying in just 1 of the 3. Most recently Flipkens was easily beating in the second round of qualifying in New Haven against Tamara Zidansek.

Vandeweghe holds a 2-0 head-to-head record over Flipkens. The most recent match between the pair was in Doha in 2016, Vandeweghe claimed a 7-5 6-2 victory.

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Karolina Pliskova vs. CoCo Vandeweghe, 🏆 Stuttgart Final Preview

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🇨🇿 (5) Karolina Pliskova vs. 🇺🇸 (wc) CoCo Vandeweghe

A surprise final in Stuttgart will feature Karolina Pliskova and CoCo Vandeweghe, two players that are not expected to be featuring on the final day of a big clay court event. The Stuttgart courts have proven to be a haven for the big server over the last week. Pliskova and Vandeweghe have both been extremely strong behind their serves on route to the final. The serve is the biggest weapon for both players, when that shot is firing both are very dangerous. Expect to see a close final with few breaks of serve.

Coco Vandeweghe of the United States in action during her semi-final match at the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

It has been a long, successful week for Pliskova in Stuttgart. Pliskova started the week in Stuttgart in Fed Cup action where the Czech Republic beat Germany to reach yet another final. Pliskova started her PTGP campaign with a comfortable win over Kiki Bertens before blasting 15 aces past Veronika Kudermetova in the second round. Pliskova’s biggest test came at the quarter-final stage where she rallied from a set down to beat Jelena Ostapenko 5-7 7-5 6-4. Pliskova booked her spot in her first final of the season with a reasonably comfortable 6-4 6-2 over Anett Kontaveit. What has stood out has been Pliskova’s improved movement and ability to defend, especially in her last two matches against powerful opposition.

CoCo Vandeweghe has been surprisingly impressive this week. Vandeweghe herself admitted earlier in the week that she will probably never like clay, perhaps she will change her mind after this week? Vandeweghe started the event with a straight set drubbing of Sloane Stephens before battling past defending champion Laura Siegemund 6-4 4-6 6-3. Vandeweghe claimed back-to-back wins over top 10 opponents to reach her first final of the year, a 6-4 6-1 win over Simona Halep and 6-4 6-2 over Caroline Garcia. When Vandeweghe is on a roll she is hard to stop but her record at the pointy end of big events is not great.

Vandeweghe heads into Sunday’s final with a 3-2 H2H record over Pliskova. Vandeweghe has won 3 of the last 4 matches between the pair and has proven to be a frustrating opponent for Pliskova in recent times. This was especially true during their latest match where Pliskova suffered a frustrating 6-7 3-6 loss at the hands of the American at the quarter-final stage of the U.S Open. What is in Pliskova favour is the fact she won their only previous match on clay, a 7-6 6-4 win In Stuttgart last year.

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Caroline Garcia vs. CoCo Vandeweghe, Stuttgart SF Preview

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🇫🇷 (6) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇺🇸 (wc) CoCo Vandeweghe

Caroline Garcia and CoCo Vandeweghe will do battle in Saturday’s first semi-final from the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. Garcia and Vandeweghe both head into this semi-final clash with a heap of momentum, both have claimed multiple victories over top quality opposition on route to the final 4. This promises to be an exciting clash between two flashy opponents, who be the first to book their ticket in Sundays final?

Caroline Garcia of France in action during her quarter-final match at the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Caroline Garcia is having her best week of the season thus far. Garcia started the week in style as she came from a set down to defeat 3-time former Stuttgart champion Maria Sharapova 2-6 7-6 6-4. Garcia has gone the distance in all 3 of her matches this week, typical of the Frenchwoman who is one of the tour’s 3 set specialists. In the second round Garcia scrapped past Marta Kostyuk 6-1 3-6 7-5 while it was at the quarter-final stage that Garcia claimed her biggest win, a 6-7 6-4 6-2 win over Elina Svitolina. Garcia fought back from a set and a break down to win her third consecutive match over Svitolina, incredibly Garcia lost the opening set in a tiebreak in all 3 of those victories.

CoCo Vandeweghe has put together a surprisingly impressive run in Stuttgart. Vandeweghe blasted past Stephens in the opening round where she dropped just 1 game before battling past defending champion Laura Siegemund in 3 sets. Like Garcia, it was at the quarter-final stage where Vandeweghe claimed her biggest scalp, a 6-4 6-1 win over world number 1 Simona Halep. On paper Vandeweghe’s win over Halep was one of the biggest of her career, especially given it was on the American’s least preferred surface. The highlight of Vandeweghe’s game this week has been her serve, her biggest weapon is working well.

The H2H record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece heading into this match. Both of their previous matches were in Wuhan, Garcia won 6-3 6-2 in 2014 whilst more recently it was Vandeweghe who won 6-3 6-7 7-6 in 2015.

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Simona Halep vs. CoCo Vandeweghe, Stuttgart QF Preview

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🇷🇴 (1) Simona Halep vs. 🇺🇸 (wc) CoCo Vandeweghe

World number 1 Simona Halep will take on big-serving American CoCo Vandeweghe in the first quarter-final of the day from the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Friday. Halep will enter this clash as the strong favourite, the Romanian is widely seen as the tour’s best on a clay court whilst Vandeweghe herself admits that clay is not a good surface for her. Halep easily accounted for Vandeweghe is their only previous meeting last year but Vandeweghe’s form across her first few matches in Stuttgart suggest that she can make this a more competitive match.

Simona Halep of Romania in action at the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Simona Halep came through a stern test in the second round after receiving a bye through the opening round. Halep fought from a set and a break down to claim a 4-6 6-2 6-3 win over Magdalena Rybarikova. It was another gutsy win for Halep in 2018, often it has been the case that she has managed to fight back from dangerous situations, something she has not been able to do in the past. Halep is now 1 win away from equally her 2017 run to the semi-finals in Stuttgart but will be hoping to go a couple of steps better in 2018.

CoCo Vandeweghe is having a surprisingly good week. The American started her Stuttgart campaign with a crushing 6-1 6-0 demolition of Sloane Stephens before producing a solid performance to eliminate last year’s champion Laura Siegemund with a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory. Vandeweghe’s serve has been working particularly well across her first couple of matches, Vandeweghe is always a threat when her big weapon is firing.

The only previous match between the pair took place in Madrid last year. It was Halep who claimed a comfortable 6-1 6-1 victory. Vandeweghe will be hoping to cause a lot more issue for the Romanian here.

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Naomi Osaka vs CoCo Vandeweghe, Hopman Cup Preview

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🇯🇵 Naomi Osaka vs 🇺🇸 CoCo Vandeweghe

A big hitting affair is set for the Hopman Cup on Tuesday afternoon when Naomi Osaka takes on CoCo Vandeweghe. Osaka and Vandeweghe are two of the most explosive players on tour, this will be an exciting encounter for the Perth spectators.

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Naomi Osaka got off to a losing start in her Hopman Cup debut. Osaka played a solid match but was not consistent enough as she succumbed to Belinda Bencic 5-7 3-6. Osaka had her opportunities, especially in the first set but unnecessary, random unforced errors were her downfall. Nevertheless, it was a high quality match, a decent start to the year for Osaka.

CoCo Vandeweghe got her season off to the perfect start. The American claimed a comprehensive 6-3 6-3 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The American team which also features Jack Sock is probably considered the favourite to win the title, Vandeweghe continues to excel when representing the USA.

It was Osaka who won the only previous match between the pair, an upset 6-7 6-3 6-4 victory at the opening round stage of the U.S Open in 2016

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs CoCo Vandeweghe, Hopman Cup Preview

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🇷🇺 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs 🇺🇸 CoCo Vandeweghe

Russia and the USA will go head-to-head in the first rubber of the 2018 Hopman Cup in Perth on Saturday. Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will take on the USA’s CoCo Vandeweghe in the first match of the day. This should be a very competitive encounter between two players looking to have a big 2018 season. It will be important for both players to make a positive start to the season at the Hopman Cup, gaining momentum before heading to the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne.

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will be competing in Perth at the Hopman Cup for the first time. The Russian team was initially going to be represented by Svetlana Kuznetsova but the veteran had to pull out due to injury, opening the door for Pavlyuchenkova. Conversely, Vandeweghe is no stranger to the Hopman Cup format having played at the event last year. Vandeweghe saves her best tennis for when she plays for her country. Vandeweghe spearheaded the USA’s winning Fed Cup campaign in 2017, Vandeweghe was involved in all 3 victories in the USA’s 3-2 win over Belarus in the final which was also the case in their semi-final over the Czech Republic.

This is a big year for both Pavlyuchenkova and Vandeweghe, both are at similar positions in their careers, looking to consolidate a spot in the top 10 by seasons end. Both Pavlyuchenkova and Vandeweghe had positive Australian summers in 2017, Pavlyuchenkova made the Australian Open quarter-final whilst Vandeweghe made it to the semi-finals in Melbourne. Both will look to replicate those results in 2018, a strong Hopman Cup will be important for both.

CoCo Vandeweghe leads the head-to-head between the pair, 2-1. The most recent match came towards the end of 2017 where Vandeweghe destroyed Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-3.

CoCo Vandeweghe vs Ashleigh Barty, Zhuhai Semi-Final Preview

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SF #2: (2) 🇺🇸 CoCo Vandeweghe vs (9) 🇦🇺 Ashleigh Barty

Saturday’s second semi-final in Zhuhai sees CoCo Vandeweghe and Ashleigh Barty go head-to-head for the first time. Vandeweghe and Barty both went undefeated in their groups to advance to the semi-finals, both are in good form heading into this intriguing semi-final clash. Barty has arguably been the form player thus far in Zhuhai, the Aussie’s serving has been particularly impressive. Vandeweghe has also been serving well this week and can match Barty from the service line. This will be an exciting clash between two powerful opponents, who will emerge victorious in the first meeting between the pair?

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CoCo Vandeweghe vs Elena Vesnina, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(2) 🇺🇸 CoCo Vandeweghe vs (6) 🇷🇺 Elena Vesnina

CoCo Vandeweghe can secure top spot and a ticket into the semi-final in Zhuhai on Thursday night when she comes up against Russia’s Elena Vesnina in the final match of the day. Vandeweghe made a shaky start in her Zhuhai debut on day 1 of the tournament but rallied to claim a 3 set win over Shuai Peng. Elena Vesnina has had to wait a while to get her Zhuhai campaign off and running, the Russian will be looking to end one of her best seasons on tour with a strong showing in Zhuhai.

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CoCo Vandeweghe vs Shuai Peng, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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Bougainvillea Group: Match #1:
(2) 🇺🇸 CoCo Vandeweghe vs (12/wc) 🇨🇳 Shuai Peng

CoCo Vandeweghe and Shuai Peng will open proceeding at the 2017 Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy. This will be the first time that Vandeweghe and Peng will go head-to-head. Vandeweghe and Peng have been draw into the Bougainvillea Group alongside Elena Vesnina. The courts in Zhuhai have been traditionally very quick, both players are likely to benefit from the quick conditions.

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Karolina Pliskova vs CoCo Vandeweghe, U.S Open QF Preview

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(1) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs (20) 🇺🇸 CoCo Vandeweghe

Karolina Pliskova’s destiny is now in her own hands in New York. Pliskova will retain her world number 1 ranking if she is to reach the final at Flushing Meadows but she will be hoping to go one step further than 2016 and win the title. Pliskova is a pretty clear favourite to win the title from here now that the majority of her main rivals are eliminated from the tournament. However, Pliskova will face a big test on Wednesday when she comes up against a red-hot CoCo Vandeweghe. The head-to-head record between Pliskova and Vandeweghe is split at 2 wins apiece, there really is very little to separate these two, meaning this should be a very close encounter with so much on the line. Can Vandeweghe cause an upset?

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