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2017 US Open Spotlight: Coco Vandeweghe

September 4, 2017 - CoCo Vandeweghe celebrates beating Lucie Safarova at the 2017 US Open.

Coco Vandeweghe completed one of the greatest Fed Cup seasons in the history of the 54-year-old competition on Sunday, winning the singles and doubles to deliver the U.S. its record-extending 18th Fed Cup title.

Here’s more on Team USA’s Fed Cup star:

The Coco Vandeweghe File

Age: 25
Height: 6-1
Residence: Rancho Sante Fe, CA
Current Rank: 10
Career-High Rank: 10 (November 2017)
Best US Open Finish: SF (2017)

The Baseline

- Vandeweghe was nothing short of spectacular this Fed Cup campaign, winning eight of the nine points the U.S. secured in claiming its first Fed Cup championship since 2000. She is the first player to win eight points in a single Fed Cup season since the current format was introduced in 2005 and the first to do so under any format since Anastasia Myskina won eight points over four rounds in 2004.

- After winning two points (both singles) in the U.S.'s opening-round vicory over Germay, Vandeweghe won all three points (two singles plus doubles) in both Team USA’s semifinal win over the Czech Republic and in its victory in the final against Belarus. That matches the total number of times a U.S. player has won three live points in a single tie in Fed Cup history prior to this year; Lindsay Davenport did so in the 1995 semifinal against France and Mary Joe Fernandez equaled the feat in the 1996 first round against Austria.

- In the Fed Cup final, Vandeweghe defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-4, 6-4, to open the tie, then topped Aryna Sabalenka, 7-6, 6-1, to give the Americans a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five match series. After Sasnovich edged Sloane Stephens to even the affair at two wins apiece, Vandeweghe teamed with Shelby Rogers to defeat Sasnovich and Sabalenka, 6-3, 7-6, in the deciding doubles to clinch the title. Vandeweghe has now won 12 consecutive matches in Fed Cup play.

- The Fed Cup crown puts a capstone on the finest season of Vandeweghe’s career. In addition to her heroics for Team USA, the Californian reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and the US Open and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, all career-best results. She also reached the final at the WTA Elite Trophy at season’s end to crack the Top 10 for the first time in her career.

- The 2008 US Open girls’ singles champion holds two career singles titles on the WTA tour, both in Den Bosch, in 2014 and 2016. She also won the 2016 US Open mixed doubles title with Rajeev Ram and women’s doubles titles in Indian Wells in 2016 (with Bethanie Mattek-Sands) and at Stanford in 2017 (with Abigail Spears).

- Vandeweghe comes from a long line of great athletes. Her mother, Tauna, was an Olympic swimmer, and her uncle (Kiki) and grandfather (Ernie) each played professional basketball for the New York Knicks.

They Said It!

“It was a lot of work and a lot of dedication to the Fed Cup, in each and every round – to dedicate my time and energy through my season to be able to perform the best I could for Team USA.” – Vandeweghe, after winning a Team USA-record eight points over three ties to lead the U.S. to the 2018 Fed Cup title

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