Re: CoCo's Cloud Nine!
Vandeweghe keeps her momentum
CARLSBAD — Coco Vandeweghe, it seems, is in no hurry to set down her racket. After winning three matches to qualify for the tournament’s main draw, the 18-year-old from Rancho Santa Fe won her fourth match in as many days Tuesday.
Vandeweghe, ranked 205th in the world, dealt 44th-ranked Gisela Dulko of Argentina a 6-0, 3-0 (retired) setback, Dulko leaving with a sprained ankle.
The victory was only Vandeweghe’s second ever in the main draw of a Women’s Tennis Association tournament, the other coming a year ago in Carson.
The 2008 U.S. Open junior champion is on a bit of a roll. In what essentially is tennis’ minor leagues, Vandeweghe won back-to-back challenger tournaments in May and June.
The 6-foot-1 teen gives her coach of the past three months, Tom Gullikson, some credit for her run.
“He’s brought a little bit of variety to day-to-day practice,” Vandeweghe said. “We get along well, on and off the court. We have fun. We joke around. We do a lot of stuff at the net. Mostly it’s me trying to peg him because he still thinks he has great hands.”
Asked how often she pegs Gullikson, Vandeweghe said, “Not as often as I’d like.”
Vandeweghe’s reward: a second-round match with Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva.