American Grass Sweep of Pre-Wimbledon Titles for Keys, Vandeweghe
by Staff | June 21st, 2014, 10:44 am

Americans CoCo Vandeweghe and Madison Keys completed dream weeks to each win their first career titles, days before play kicks off at the All England Club in Wimbledon.
Vandeweghe, a qualifier at the Topshelf Open in Holland, topped two seeds in the main draw en route to defeating China’s unseeded Jie Zheng 6-2, 6-4 in the final.

Key was the big American’s serve, delivering 81 aces over seven main draw matches.

“I had basically flown in the day before the qualification, so I didn’t have any practice on the courts here, or anything like that,” Vandeweghe said. “Once I took care of that first match I just went from there, and I got more and more comfortable on the courts. I played a ton of points and games, and a lot of long matches and three-setters as well.”

The Californian received congratulations from another Californian after the match.

“My favorite player was Lindsay Davenport,” she said. “She’s from California and has been a great friend and mentor to me. When I was 16 we got to hit together in Miami, and to be on the same court and actually hit with your idol is just an unreal feeling.”

At Wimbledon in the first round she will meet a player she defeated this week, No. 27 seed Garbine Murguruza.

Vandeweghe improved to 1-1 in career finals, losing to Serena Williams in the 2012 Stanford final.

Keys, another American youngster in the big-serving mold, unleashed 17 aces to edge No. 5 seed Angie Kerber 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in the final of the Aegon International in Eastbourne, Great Britain.

The unseeded Keys was also big off the ground, hitting 60 winners over the three sets. She converted on only two of 11 break point opportunities, but took care of points at the net to capture her first title in her first career final.

The 19-year-old Keys is projected to crack the Top 30 rankings, and is the first teenager to win a WTA Premier-level title since Caroline Wozniacki won New Haven in 2009.

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18 Comments for American Grass Sweep of Pre-Wimbledon Titles for Keys, Vandeweghe

contador Says:

Did not see the Vanderweghe match but congrats to Coco!

Did catch some of Keys-Kerber. Fantastic serving, well done Madison Keys!

Speaking of first Titles, congrats to Bautista-Agut on his ATP one.

And right now my favorite Spanish player and Richard Gasquet are playing easy on the eyes, spectacular tennis contesting the Eastbourne final. In the decider, it is too close to tell which one wins/loses. Feliciano has been the slightly better player which does not mean he will necessarily win.

Better go edit some of my Tennis Channel bracket picks. I really have no idea which WTA players to pick. I can barely figure out who in the ATP to pick. Just going with the top seeds – hoping for some interesting match-ups. On paper, I can’t get excited about the draw. I think Nadal will win. He is in a hurry to top Federer’s GS count. The sooner he gets that job done maybe the sooner he can call it enough. At 15 GS, the end will be firmly in sight – needing only 2 more RG’s.

jane Says:

hi contador, i agree with you. i think nadal will win and for the same reason you note. but it’s hard to say isn’t it? good luck on your bracket picking. i have also been watching gasquet and f-lo.

contador Says:

Hi Jane. I FEEL it coming….Nadal’s next GS win. Passing Federer is in his sights – and it has to be motivating him.

F-lo to try to serve out the match. fingers crossed.

Won’t you join the party in the bracket, jane ; )

contador Says:

Ah… Lopez wins! He defends his title at Eastbourne. What a relief after losing like he did to Grigor last week.

jane Says:

That’s nice for F-lo. I was thinking too that it might be a repeat of Queens, where he let the win slip through his fingers. But he held on this time.

Re: bracket. Hmmm, I think I’ll skip this time contador. Thanks for the cajole though. I have no inclination really. The WTA seems a bit more enticing, but it’ll likely be Serena (and Nadal) winning. That’s what my gut says anyhow.

Maybe Ernie will surprise everyone? ;)

contador Says:

Ernie, oh my. He had to brag about blowing his FO semi-final winnings playing black jack. That (almost) makes even a long time fan like me sick.

I understand about the Brackets, jane. To me it is a habit. My WTA bracket will be silly if I do it. And my heart is not into ATP too much at the moment. But I like picking, as you know. win or lose.

Tour de Suisse is on and the TdF starts soon :D

jane Says:

It’s always nice when you can turn to something else if your heart’s not in one thing, and yes, TdF for you, contador. :) For me, there’s not much right now, other than films and books. I like hockey, but it’s done for the year. Anyhow, am off to enjoy the summer sun. Hope to see you around here occasionally contador.

jane Says:

I need a synonym for nice. LOL.

contador Says:

But it is (nice)…Nice is very apt for how I feel watching the mountain top finish at Verbier in the tour de Suisse this morning.

Well, I tweaked my picks and picked Nadal to win. Lotsa luck with that, hey? The man is in a hurry, is how it feels. Might as well go with it – taking the path of least resistance.

contador Says:

Very hot here – too hot. Enjoy your day – nice to see you here, jane.

Margot Says:

I remember years ago someone saying that, on the WTA bracket, if they knew nothing of either player, they’d always choose the one whose name ended in “ova!” Lol. And gr8 advice.
Am more interested in WTA these days. Just watched Keys, she is brilliant! There’s Stephens, Harrison, Halep too. Always liked Kerber. At the mo., can’t see beyond Serena v Na, true, but I feel there’s a definite shift going on.

contador Says:

Hi Margot. Okay twist my arm, I will do a WTA Bracket and go pick some ova’s. :D

Kimberly Says:

Jane, would love to have you in a bracket. We are back on the tennis channel and it is a very friendly crew

Kimberly Says:

but I understand if you are not into it. But you never know, for the French I was so bumed out when Na Li lost, thought they might as well hand over Serena the trophy and then it ended up being different. Im feeling Serena for this one too though. I’m sure Rafa wants the 15 but his grass court game has been so bad the past few years that I just cant see it. For the mens I honestly cant pick a favorite. They all have things for and against them.

Lovely to see Lopez get the title, outside of Rafa he is the best Spanish grasscourter IMO

jane Says:

hi kimberly, thanks for the invite. i’ll leave it to your boys to figure out the winners this time. they’re so good at it.

Colin Says:

Contador – so you’re putting all your eggs in one basket. “Ovas” – get it?

Patson Says:

Is there an ‘ova’ equivalent for Russian men ? ‘enko’ may be one but not a whole lot of ‘enko’s played tennis from Russia.

Russia produces the most elegant form of feminine homosapiens, and that is the reason I shall always respect Russia irrespective of what Putin does.

Colin Says:

Patson, how about “ov” which is after all the masculine form of the same ending.

Many Russian women are certainly elegant. That’s a good word, as they tend not to be conventionally beautiful. Back in the days of the Soviet Union, Russian women appeared to be, either sensationally attractive or – well – like Khrushchev in drag!

Talking of looks, has anyone noticed how Slav girls tend to have pointy noses? Looking at the players’ wives and girlfriends, they are often extremely attractive, but they do have pointy noses.

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