Roberta Vinci vs CoCo Vandeweghe, Australian Open R1 Preview

Australian Open, ?? First Round Match preview
(15) ?? Roberta Vinci vs ?? CoCo Vandeweghe

A fascinating first round clash at Melbourne Park sees Roberta Vinci come up against CoCo Vandeweghe. This match features an interesting contrast in styles, the delicate, all-court craft of Vinci up against the brute power of the American. This has been a good match-up for Vandeweghe in recent times, the American has won their two most recent clashes, including a straight set win at Wimbledon last year.

Roberta Vinci has made a decent start to the 2017 season. Vinci reached the quarter-final stage in Brisbane where she was defeated by the eventual champion Karolina Pliskova in three sets. Vinci also played a couple of matches in Sydney, but was beaten quite comfortably by Barbora Strycova in straight sets at the second-round stage. The Italian veteran is likely visiting Melbourne Park for the final time, Vinci will be looking for one last run at the Australian Open, surprisingly Vinci has never made it past the third round in Melbourne.

CoCo Vandeweghe started the 2017 season with a good week at the Hopman Cup in Perth where she picked up a couple of good wins and helped guide team USA to the final. The American ended the tournament with three wins and one loss. Vandeweghe then competed in Sydney where she suffered a surprise second round loss to Ying-Ying Duan. Interestingly, Vandeweghe has only ever made it past the first round stage in Melbourne on one occasion, reaching the third round stage in 2015.

Vandeweghe holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Vinci, and has won the last two matches between the pair. The American claimed a three set in Auckland in 2015 and a 6-3 6-4 win at Wimbledon last year.

This will be an extremely hard-fought first round match, both ladies will be devastated with a first round loss. If Vandeweghe plays at a good level, she should be too strong for Vinci, but if Vandeweghe is slightly erratic the more consistent Vinci is likely to come out on top. I suspect Vandeweghe is in better shape heading into this match and will sneak the win courtesy of her far superior serve and firepower.

Prediction: CoCo Vandeweghe to defeat Roberta Vinci in 3 sets


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