Friday, September 12, 2008

Teen Phenom Wins US Open Junior Title



When Coco Vandeweghe turned professional last spring she said she was going to take a nice-and-easy approach to getting herself some notice in women's tennis. The plan was not to rush and enter every ITF tournament, grab all the points she could for a high ranking and try and become an overnight sensation.

The problem is Vandeweghe's talent got in the way of her plan. She is an overnight sensation.

The 16-year-old from Carlsbad, Calif., has made a quick jump, in just five months, becoming the first U.S. junior player in 13 years to win the U.S. Open junior title. Vandeweghe also became the first player to win the tournament as a wild card when she beat Venezuela's Gabriela Paz, 7-6, 6-1, in the final last Sunday in New York.

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4 comments:

kraa said...

So perhaps the future of American women's tennis isn't so bleak after all?

But then again the last two Americans to win USO juniors are Tara Snyder and Meilen Tu. I hope Coco can do better than those girls...

Karen said...

do you know what i like about this girl - her mother. There she was on opening night, just calmly cheering for her daughter and having the smile that I have when I first saw my son perform on stage at his sunday school concert at the age of 4 years old. There was pride, enjoyment, fulfillment of a dream for her daughter and regardless of the result, you could see that both mother and daughter really enjoy a true bond. her mother reminds me so much of Oracene - the calm in the midst of the storm.

Craig Hickman said...

Good insight, Karen.

I wasn't able to see any of it.

Vicki said...

Since when does winning a Junior title make you an overnight sensation? I will follow Coco in the future as she has a lot of potential and if she stays with Robert Vant hof there is no knowing where she might go. Just remember who the last US open junior winner was before Snyder and Tu. It was Lindsay Davenport and she is the only woman to go on and win a pro US open title Coco may just be the second let's wait and see.