March 24, 2017

Australian Open: Coco Vandeweghe deposes defending champion Angelique Kerber

24 January 2017, 12:42 | Carolyn Briggs

Australian Open: Coco Vandeweghe deposes defending champion Angelique Kerber

Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova makes a forehand return to United States Venus Williams during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championsh

Top seed Kerber was emphatically dumped out in the fourth round at Melbourne Park as world number 35 Vandeweghe delivered a superb display of power-hitting on Rod Laver Arena.

She hit 30 winners to Kerber's seven in a 6-2, 6-3 win, sending out the women's world No. 1 on the same day that the men's world No. 1 Andy Murray crashed out of the tournament. On Sunday, the Moscowborn, Monte Carlo resident tried to make up for lost time in the fourth round of the Australian Open, playing the World No.1 Murray.

Vandeweghe, who has only reached the last eight of a grand slam once before, said she felt "like crap" and, despite a dominant performance, had not been confident. "She is going to play that way, and no other way", Vandeweghe said of Muguruza.

Taking advantage of a series of uncharacteristic Kerber errors, Vandeweghe ramped up her big forehand to break back for 3-3 and another backhand gave her the opportunity to serve for the match.

Barthel was the lowest-ranked player to reach the fourth round of the women's draw here since 2010, although she has a career-high ranking of 23 and was consistently top 50 before an illness a year ago caused her slide down the rankings. I went with them to some Futures in south Texas, not the nicest place.

"This is what you do all the hard work in the off-season for", she said.

"He played a great was a joy to be a part of", 17th seed Federer said after sealing the contest with a huge smash down the line.

Zverev will face Roger Federer, who rebounded from a slow start to beat fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-7, 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. So this was not my game like I play normally'.

United States Venus Williams celebrates after defeating Germany's Mona Barthel in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Me

"I think I have to a little bit think about everything what's happened like the last few weeks, what I can take to the next tournaments with all the experience from the tournaments I played here in Australia", she said.

In a 68 minutes contest, Vandeweghe had Kerber on the defensive for much of the contest, closing out the first set easily after breaking in the sixth game. Yesterday, more than half of the 57 points she won in her 6-2, 6-3 victory were clean winners. The match lasted just 68 minutes and Vandeweghe posted 23 more winners than Kerber.

Meanwhile Stan Wawrinka, who won the first of his three Grand Slam titles in Melbourne in 2014, came through 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4) against Italy's Andreas Seppi.

But as "faking it" has helped her make it this far, why stop now? Even more striking is her record against top-50 players in that time: five wins from 12 matches.

Vandeweghe now faces Spain's French Open champion Garbine Muguruza.

After defeating young German Alexander Zverev in the third round, 14-time Grand Slam victor Nadal faces No. 6 Gael Monfils in the fourth.

On Monday, she was in control of her first round match at the Australian Open, rushing out to a 6-1 lead over 2015 US Open finalist Roberta Vinci.

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