Wednesday, January 25, 2017

AO 2017 QF: Coco Vandeweghe cruises Garbiñe Muguruza to advance to her first semi-final at a Major

Coco Vandeweghe smacked out Garbiñe Muguruza in a full-power contest 6-4 6-0 on the Rod Laver Arena.

In a battle between two of the biggest hitters on the tour, Vandeweghe proved to be the better player in controlling the accuracy of the powerful shots.

 Having a very similar game, where the natural feeling of both is to win the point as fast as possible, the American found a way to be every time one step ahead against the nº7 seed. Until 4-all in the first set, Muguruza was able to maintain the aggressive rhythm and the speed of the game, but from there Coco played near to perfection, barely missing a shot.

"I thought I took care of the things that I could control, which is the most important thing: not letting outside factors affect anything that was happening."

Her serve, her focus and her ability to keep all these aspects at such a high-level have mystified the French Open champion. Winning the next eight games, hitting 5 aces and finishing with an overall of 31 winners to only 20 unforced errors, the unseeded player pushed once again the Spaniard to make the last backhand error and to complete a stellar win in one hour and 24 minutes.

"It's amazing to be in a semifinal.  But, you know, not satisfying. I want to keep going, keep playing. There's more things to do out on a tennis court that I'm hoping to achieve."

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