Big Victory For Vandeweghe In Den Bosch

CoCo Vandeweghe had a terrific serving performance in subduing Garbiñe Muguruza and making her first WTA semifinal since 2012.

Published June 19, 2014 12:12

Big Victory For Vandeweghe In Den Bosch
CoCo Vandeweghe

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands - Qualifier CoCo Vandeweghe served her way past fellow WTA Rising Star Garbiñe Muguruza on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the Topshelf Open.

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Vandeweghe faced a 5-2 first set deficit and had a set point against her at 6-5 but rallied for a 7-6(3), 6-1 victory over the seventh-seeded Spaniard.

Not only did Vandeweghe fire 11 aces but she won 31 of her 35 first serve points, an 89% win percentage. That should come as no surprise, considering the American leads the WTA this year in that statistic at 75%.

In her first WTA semifinal since 2012, Vandeweghe will take on No.8 seed Klara Koukalova, who was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Yaroslava Shvedova.

Koukalova, who won her first WTA title here in 2005, just topped Vandeweghe last week in Birmingham after being down a set and 5-3.

Friday's other semifinal will see Magdalena Rybarikova play Zheng Jie in what will be the first semifinal of the year for both players.

Rybarikova defeated Annika Beck, 6-2, 7-5, the exact same score she beat her by in their one previous encounter in Madrid earlier this year.

"I'm playing well here and am happy to be in the semifinals," Rybarikova said. "I'm looking forward to a good match tomorrow. This is good preparation for Wimbledon."

Up 4-3 against Elina Svitolina, Zheng reeled off eight straight games for a 6-3, 6-0 triumph. The Chinese converted on all six of her break point opportunities and saved four of five on her own serve.

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