Coco Vandeweghe Reaches First WTA Final At 2012 Bank Of The West Classic, Will Face Serena Williams

Coco Vandeweghe

In one of the forums I post comments, I recently said that I was worried about the future of American women’s tennis after Serena Williams retires. There are good young players like Christina McHale and Sloane Stephens. There are future hopefuls like Madison Keys. But they need to take that next step and start collecting titles. Although there have been late Major winners in tennis recently like Li Na and Francesca Schiavone, both of those players had titles and double-digit singles finals before their Major victories. Usually in tennis you know by the time a player is in their early 20s if they have it or not to be a great champion. Coco Vandeweghe stands on the brink of making her own statement about what kind of player she can be, reaching her first WTA singles final. The 20-year old Coco will leap from #120 in the world to the top 100 just off of reaching the final. She was a “lucky loser” in this event, meaning that she went through the qualifying tournament to try to get into the draw but lost. However, she gained entry into the tournament when another player withdrew. Boy, has Coco made the most of the opportunity. Behind a big serving game, Coco took out the 5th seeded Yanina Wickmayer in the semis, 6-2 3-6 6-2. Next up, however, is Serena Williams. Of course, everybody will expect Serena to strike midnight on Coco’s Cinderella story, but Coco has already achieved much to take with her no matter what happens. And finally, Coco should just hit away. Go for the lines against Serena. Anything can happen. She’s made a huge statement by reaching the final. She has the opportunity to make a career statement with a win over Serena. As far as American tennis is concerned, this is the first all-American final on the WTA since the Tour Championship in 2009. For me, it’s a welcome thing.

Singles – Semifinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (9) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 61 62
(LL) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. (5) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 62 36 62

COCO VANDEWEGHE

SERENA WILLIAMS

SORANA CIRSTEA

YANINA WICKMAYER

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