LONDON, Great Britain - CoCo Vandeweghe is back into the Wimbledon round of 16 for the third year on a row after defeating Alison Riske.
The No.24 seeded Vandeweghe needed an hour and 15 minutes to see off her compatriot and Fed Cup teammate in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
The big Vandeweghe serve did the most damage during the match, firing off seven aces and winning 85% of points behind her first delivery. Two breaks in the opening set gave her a comfortable lead against Riske, before another double break in the second put her ahead 4-0.
With Vandeweghe having been in total control up until this point, Riske took advantage of a spate of loose errors from her opponent to regain a foothold in the match. A double fault handed further handed Riske two breaks, leveling the match and serving at 4-4.
But the No.24 seeded American recovered in style, breaking Riske straight back and then firing off back-to-back aces to end the encounter and make her way into the round of 16.
“I got a little bit -- I lost that game, and Alison is a great player, she started to swing a little bit freer in what she was doing,” Vandeweghe said, explaining her letdown after 4-0. “You know, when you're down a set and two breaks, you'd think to just kind of let loose.
“I kind of got a little bit tentative, but, you know, kind of reset myself and got back to work. Kept it close in the next service game. Got a little lucky and got that one, and then I was no way I was letting the next one go.”
Up next, Vandeweghe will take on the winner between No.5 seed Caroline Wozniacki and Anett Kontaveit for a spot in the quarterfinals.
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