LONDON, Great Britain - Sporting the Stars and Stripes on her T-shirt, CoCo Vandeweghe described herself as "one of the patriotic bunch" on Independence Day. But on Saturday, she will be looking to knock another American out of Wimbledon.
Her third-round opponent is Alison Riske - her compatriot, and also her friend. Indeed, the two spent some of their off-court time at the Aegon Classic at the famous Cadbury chocolate factory, trying out some of the goodies and seeing whether they had any skill for confectionery themselves.
"We've been on Fed Cup teams together, we're good friends, we did our championship hit together out here," said the No.24 seed. "We know each other pretty well."
They have played each other eight times before - and have four wins apiece. At Tour level, however, Riske has a 3-0 perfect record against her friend.
Vandeweghe hopes she knows her opponent's game well enough now to manage a victory on this Grand Slam stage.
"She's strong in the way of she hits a ball that's pretty flat and goes through the court," she explained. "She's also a very good fighter so she poses a lot of different challenges, especially on the grass where the ball goes through the court a lot, better than it normally would.
"She's deceptively fast. She gets a lot of balls back in play and constantly makes you hit another ball."
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