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Coco Vandeweghe advances at Mercury Insurance Open

August 3, 2011 |  7:15 pm

San Diego’s Coco Vandeweghe utilized home court advantage to gut out a three-set victory, after losing a tightly contested tiebreaker in the first set.

Her 6-7 (9-7), 6-4, 6-3 win over Olga Savchuck was sloppy at times. The two players combined for 26 double faults and 16 break points. The first set was especially strange as Vandeweghe swept the first four games, only to watch Savchuck take the next five.

“Goodness,” Vandeweghe said, putting her head into her hands when asked about her 14 double faults. “It’s not something I hope to do again.”

Nonetheless, Vandeweghe’s win punches her ticket to the third round where she will play the winner of tonight’s Sabine Lisicki vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm match. It was only her second set of consecutive wins ever at the tour level.

“I definitely got complacent with the 4-0 lead,” Vandeweghe said. “I know better now.” 


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Photo: Coco Vandeweghe returns a shot during her victory over Olga Savchuck at the Mercury Insurance Open on Wednesday. Credit: Jeff Gross / Getty Images