It was a battle of the brave versus the Genie army, the south versus the north, the fist pumper versus the stare downer, America versus Canada – it was the battle of Coco Vandeweghe versus Eugenie Bouchard, and it took place on the Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open today.
Coco Vandeweghe is a 25 year old American tennis player who turned pro in 2008, is currently ranked No. 35 in the world, has won 2 WTA Singles titles, 1 Doubles title and been a finalist in 2 Mixed Doubles Grand Slams in 2016 and the Hopman Cup earlier this month. She currently partners former World No. 1, Martina Hingis in the Ladies Doubles.
Eugenie Bouchard on the other hand, is a 22 year old Canadian tennis player, who turned pro in 2009, is currently ranked No. 47 in the world, has won 1 WTA Singles title and was a Wimbledon finalist in 2014.
Before stepping out onto the court today, the two ladies had only played each other once before, in 2015, when Bouchard was victorious.
Today’s match definately surpassed their previous meeting with Vandeweghe serving 11 aces versus the 4 of Bouchard. Both players notched up high percentage first serve and net winners, but it was Vandeweghe’s tenacity in the 9th game of the third set, which took her 13 minutes to seal, that eventually broke the Bouchard will, to see her home.
The final score in Vandeweghe’s favour was 6-4 3-6 7-5 and with that, a fourth round clash against the defending champion and No. 1 seed, Angelique Kerber.