Vandeweghe Reaches First Clay Final In Stuttgart, Faces Pliskova

by Staff | April 28th, 2018, 8:32 pm

American power player CoCo Vandeweghe is into her first career clay court final after cruising past Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-2 in Stuttgart today.

“I’m getting more harassment from all my friends,” Vandeweghe said of her newfound clay success. “Jenni Brady has texted me saying some nonsense, Vicky Duval has sent some nonsense, an old hitting partner of mine from Poland texted me, ‘Oh man, you’ve got to change your schedule and really pump up the clay.’”

“And I was like, one tournament is one tournament too many for me on clay,” Vandeweghe continued. “But, you know, here I am.”

It was Vandewege’s third Top 10 victim of the week after No. 1 Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens; and she’ll get a shot at a fourth on Sunday. The 26-year-old will take on former No. 1 Karolina Pliskova who won by the same 6-4, 6-2 margin over Anett Kontaveit.

“I found my rhythm in the end of the first set,” Pliskova told the media after the match. “In the second set, I felt okay and the serve was there, the shots were much better. I was just hitting it more clean than in the first one, and I felt like I had so many chances on her serve in the first couple of games in the first set but couldn’t just make it, did so many mistakes on the returns.”

“I was not really feeling well my game,” Pliskova continued. “I guess it’s important for me even to win matches like this when I don’t feel well.”

Vandeweghe leads Pliskova 3-2.

“I played Pliskova at the US Open, but clay is completely different,” CoCo said. “I can say that very easily, that it’s very different.”

Vandeweghe bids for her third career WTA title, Pliskova her 10th.

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15 Comments for Vandeweghe Reaches First Clay Final In Stuttgart, Faces Pliskova

Margot Says:

Excellent first set in the final with Karolina taking it on a tie break.
Don’t know what time it is in jalepland, but hoping you can watch hon :)

Margot Says:

Interesting 2nd set, Coco was throwing it away, but revived thanks to some Karolina nerves, but it was too late. Congrats to KP. Her serving was lethal for much of the match.

jalep Says:

Margot, I see that Pat Cash is the magic behind Coco’s recent improvement. And yet I’m still so relieved that Karolina prevailed!!

See you in the brackets Margot and AM :D

And congrats of course to Rafa and Rafans. Such a classy champion today.

jalep Says:

Oh, and look who won the Stuttgart bracket!!

Congrats AndyMira 🤗

Margot Says:

jalep: I thought Cash was so positive and supportive when he came on court to talk to Coco. I’ve seen some thoroughly nasty coaches appear to do their worst too. Like you, still cannot warm to her.
Well, well AM look whose kicking butt. ;) Congrats.
I’ve just done 5 challenges in about 5 minutes, going with the favourites mostly, as I literally have no idea!

jalep Says:

Me too, Margot = favorites/top seeds as winners 😮 in ATP tournaments. Still have yet to do WTA…that will be blind guessing.

Thinking of taking Karolina out to her twin sister first round.

AndyMira Says:

Oh!…I won Stuttgart Bracket j??REALLY WILLY??…I didn’t take a peek at it yet!!…Oh God!..Stuttgart is a one big giant mess!!..And TQ for the congrats j!I can’t believe i got kick u & WW’s b@#$ this week!hahaha….

Hey…u’re done with all the Brackets j?it’s very tricky too!…What’s to make of Tsitsi?Bedene?Millman?They’re all went deep this week…very possibly they will pull out later on…

And on WTA,it’s a big question mark too whether Karolina will play Prague this week considering she just won in Stuttgart..and next week Madrid will start..She must be want to save her energy yes?..What do u think j?

AndyMira Says:

M!….Hehehehe…Thank u Boss!

Humble Rafa Says:


Thanks for the reminder that women’s tennis still exists.

Margot Says:

I’ve got Karolina and Icarus going out early and Millman too. Who is this Millman BTW….;)

AndyMira Says:

Yeah M! too!…Yeah!…All of a sudden he came out from the bush surprising us all!

HR!…Alhamdulillah!…WTA still breathing & kickin’!…Why don’t u join us on jalep wildguess HR!…let’s see whether u r as smart as it looks on TX!…I challenge u HR!..Or u scared??

jalep Says:

Yeah, HR. That would be so cool to have you! Give it a go, smarty 😀

Yes, I have Tsitsipas losing first round. He should go regroup. Not sure about the wings coming back too soon :(

Millman is surprising. He’s smart tough, not the run of the Mill Millman…ah, I don’t know, Australian. I had no idea he was any good on clay or what surface. Seems like the kind of player that takes on anything. But no, can’t really wrap my head around him continuing on to slay clay season in Europe. An Italian caught him finally.

Not sure Carreno Busta will be up for winning Estoril but that’s the one I picked.

AM, I went with Kystina Pliskova. Also picked Kvitova again. And I’ll just keep picking her all the way through grass season, lol…I don’t know. I think it’s picking from a hat for Prague. Elise Mertens FTW in Rabat.

jalep Says:

Here’s the link to awesome weekly bracket game to keep you in tune for GS events, supposedly :D

pick the “group” jalep_wildguess or any group that’s open. everyone welcome.

jalep Says:

My gosh and you almost won the Budapest bracket, too AndyMira! I don’t see how but it’s true tho…. hahhahahha! Manwerty only beat you by a point.

Margot really should have won. She’s the only one that had the winner, Cecchinato, mentioned anywhere close to making it. Just blind luck, lol. Italians, other than our favorite, Fognini are doing well. He must be saving his best for RG.

AndyMira Says:

Hey back j!…Oh God!…I want to pick Kristina over Karolina…but,thinking too what if the LL that will replace her is good than kristina?Ohohoho!…I think i will gamble on that!Hahaha…

Oh!…U know M.Barthel won in Prague last year j!…And i’m gambled on her last week in Istanbul..but lost in her 1st match there…Urgh!…Dilemma!!…And yeah j!…I also picked Petra to win Prague..But,my guts tells me she won’t win it…

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