CoCo Vandeweghe has defeated Christina McHale in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (2) to go through to the quarter-final of the AEGON Classic.
The Californian, ranked Number 32 in the WTA Rankings, played solidly against her fellow American, showing some of the form that she displayed in her 1st round win over the World Number 3 Agnieska Radwanska yesterday afternoon.
In the opening set, the first six games were split between Vandeweghe and McHale as McHale took the opening game. From there, both players were winning games on their own serve, until the seventh game where Vandeweghe broke McHale to go 4-3 up. The World Number 32 took the next two games to win the set 6-3.
The second set, Vandeweghe stormed into a 3-0 lead, playing some superb tennis against McHale.
McHale managed to come back at Vandeweghe when she was 4-1 behind to close the gap to within one game at 4-3. McHale took the next game to tie the match at 4-4. Vandeweghe pegged one back to lead at 5-4, but on McHale’s serve, threw away a match-winning opportunity to leave the set at 5 all.
CoCo did manage to at 6 all win the decider in the tiebreak 7-2, winning in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (2). Vandeweghe will face Yanina Wickmayer in the quarter-finals of the AEGON Classic later today.
Konta out, Watson out = The Brits out of the AEGON Classic
Yanina Wickmayer defeated the British Number One Johanna Konta in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 on Centre Court in the 2nd round today.
Also, the British Number Two Heather Watson is out of the AEGON Classic after losing to the Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova in straight sets 7-5, 6-4. This leaves us with no British players in the quarter-final stages of the AEGON Classic.
Watson said post-match “It was a tough one, I knew it was going to be a tough one. I played her just a few weeks ago and she’s a very smart player and a good fighter. So I was prepared, but I don’t think I dealt with the circumstances as well as she did. On the court we were on, I was getting distracted and I don’t think my focus was there today.
“The last few days, with the rain delays, has been a different experience. I thought I played okay today, I was just too inconsistent.
“I feel like I’m striking the ball really well, there are just a few tweaks that I need to make going into Wimbledon. I’m feeling very optimistic, even though I lost today.”
Pictures Credited to Christopher Levy.