With top 10 Americans Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Madison Keys rolling along at Wimbledon 2016, flying a bit under the radar is the surging Coco Vandeweghe. After a clay court season where she struggled to get out of the early rounds (although, to be fair her first round opponents in Madrid and Rome were Lucie Safarova and Venus), her style of big babe tennis has come alive on grass. She won her 2nd career title at ‘S-Hertogenbosch and reached the semifinals at Birmingham, dropping a tough three setter to Barbora Strycova. Coco is into the fourth round at Wimbledon after a 6-3 6-4 upset of 6th seed Roberta Vinci. I use the word upset loosely as I would have given Vandeweghe a 50/50 shot at winning that match. I also give her a good chance to win against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the 4th round.
Flying even lower under the radar is Elena Vesnina. Although she is a 2-time Major champion in doubles (with partner Ekaterina Makarova), her 4th round appearance at Wimbledon 2016 matches her best result in singles at a Major. A finalist earlier this year at Charleston on green clay, for Elena to reach a best ever result of a quarterfinal in singles at a Major, she will have to go through her doubles partner Makarova. Kate vs Elena is the second shake my head matchup of doubles partners this fortnight, following the heartbreaking pairing of besties Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the first round. There was no joy after Team Bucie played each other. Sadly, no matter which player advances to the quarters (my guess would be Kate), the Makarova v Vesnina winner will probably experience a similarly muted feeling of celebration.
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ELENA VESNINA d. Julia Boserup, 7-5 7-5
27 COCO VANDEWEGHE d. 6 Roberta Vinci, 6-3 6-4