Returning Falconi, Vandeweghe reach semifinals in Houston
HOUSTON, TX, USA - A pair of Americans on the comeback trail reached the semifinals of the Oracle Challenger Series event in Houston on Friday.
Former Top 10 star CoCo Vandeweghe and former World No.63 Irina Falconi led the charge during a marathon day on the campus of Rice University by winning two matches to keep the prospect of an all-American final on the cards.
With Thursday's play washed out due to inclement weather, both the third round and quarterfinals were completed on Friday.
Two-time Grand Slam semifinalist Vandeweghe first beat Ukraine's Anhelina Kalinina, the first-round conquerer of top seed Danielle Collins, 6-3, 6-3, before dispatching No.10 seed Mandy Minella, 6-4, 6-1, to reach her second semifinal since returning in July from a foot injury.
Minella, the champion at the W80 ITF event in Tyler, Texas two weeks ago, saw her seven-match winning streak in the state come to an end at the American's hands, after advancing to the quarterfinals following Eugenie Bouchard's retirement due to a left foot injury after just three games in their second round match.
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