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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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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CoCo Vandeweghe vs Lucie Safarova, U.S Open R4 Preview

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(20) ?? CoCo Vandeweghe vs ?? Lucie Safarova

CoCo Vandeweghe overcame a very negative h2h record to advance to the fourth round with a tough three set win over Agnieszka Radwanska. Vandeweghe will need to overcome another negative h2h record if she is to advance to the quarter-final stage in New York. Vandeweghe’s fourth round opponent on Monday will be Lucie Safarova, the Czech holds a 3-1 h2h record over Vandeweghe and has won their 3 most recent matches, including a three set win at Indian Wells earlier this year. This is a huge match for both ladies and we should see a tight contest with minimal break of serves. Who will step up and take this opportunity to reach the quarter-finals in New York. 

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs CoCo Vandeweghe, U.S Open R3 Preview

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(10) ?? Agnieszka Radwanska vs (20) ?? CoCo Vandeweghe

CoCo Vandeweghe will get another shot at Agnieszka Radwanska when they collide at the third round stage at Flushing Meadows on Saturday. Radwanska has a dominant head-to-head record over Vandeweghe having won 5 of their previous 6 matches, all 5 victories were on a hard court. Despite their previous matches, Vandeweghe does have the weapons to trouble Radwanska, the conditions in New York are also probably more favourable for Vandeweghe whilst Radwanska has generally struggled at the U.S Open.

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs CoCo Vandeweghe, Stanford QF Preview

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(4) ?? Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs (6) ?? CoCo Vandeweghe

The second quarter-final of the day at the Bank of the West Classic on Friday sees the 4th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova come up against the 6th seeded CoCo Vandeweghe. Pavlyuchenkova and Vandeweghe both breezed into the final 8 with convincing second round wins on Thursday in Stanford, both will enter the quarter-final stage full of confidence. The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece heading into this match, it seems hard to split these two heading into what should be a very even, hard-fought clash.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in action during her her second round match at the 2017 Bank of the West Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

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CoCo Vandeweghe vs Nicole Gibbs, Stanford R2 Preview

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?? CoCo Vandeweghe vs ?? Nicole Gibbs

Two Californian natives will go head-to-head at the second round stage of the Bank of the West Classic on Thursday when CoCo Vandeweghe takes on Nicole Gibbs. Vandeweghe’s best has been very good in 2017, highlighted by a run to the semi-finals at the Australian Open and more recently a quarter-final showing at Wimbledon. Back at home in the United States, Vandeweghe will be hoping to contend for the biggest titles throughout the new few months, gaining momentum in Stanford will be important for Vandeweghe.

Nicole Gibbs of the United States in action during her first round match at the 2017 Bank of the West Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

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CoCo Vandeweghe vs Magdalena Rybarikova, Wimbledon QF Preview

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QF #2: (24) ?? CoCo Vandeweghe vs ?? Magdalena Rybarikova

CoCo Vandeweghe’s chances of winning the title at SW19 are looking greater and greater. The American’s game is perfectly suited to grass and her game is starting to click when it matters most. Vandeweghe has not dropped a set on route to her second quarter-final showing at a Grand Slam in 2017 and is fresh off an impressive win over Caroline Wozniacki. Vandeweghe’s quarter-final opponent on Tuesday is Magdalena Rybarikova. The Slovakian will be competing in her first Grand Slam quarter-final, having never previously made it past the third round of a major. This match looms as a huge opportunity for both.

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