I didn’t expect myself to be writing this, but it’s going to be an All American final in the Bank Of The West Classic with Madison Keys taking on CoCo Vandeweghe for the championship.
(3) Madison Keys [No.21]
Route to this stage
R2: d. Caroline Dolehide, 3-6 6-2 6-3
QF: d. Lesia Tsurenko, 6-4 6-3
SF: d. Garbine Muguruza, 6-3 6-2
You don’t rarely see a coach smiling during an on-court coaching session but that was what Lindsay Davenport was doing after Madison Keys’ first set win over Garbine Muguruza. Keys started off her Stanford campaign with a scrappy win from a set and break down against Caroline Dolehide. Her confidence began to grow as she blasted past Lesia Tsurenko relatively comfortably in the second set and now, the American produced a stunning upset against Muguruza.
Muguruza broke to start the set but Keys, slowly and slowly beginning to find her range, started to find the court more often that not with her booming forehand as she again and again tried to break down the forehand of Muguruza’s. The Spaniard’s serving woes also affected herself as she only won 50% of first serve points and 41% of second serve points. An increasingly erratic Muguruza started to go for more but made more errors instead as she was unable to handle Keys’ pace and depth. Keys’ forearm that forced her to withdraw from doubles and her wrist both looks fine and hopefully she’ll have a pain-free second half of the season and continue to work her way back into the Top 10.
(6) CoCo Vandeweghe [No.24]
Route to this stage
R1: d. Alja Tomljanovic, 6-2 ret.
R2: d. Nicole Gibbs, 6-0 6-2
QF: d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-2 6-3
SF: d. Catherine Bellis, 6-3 6-1
I didn’t watch any of CoCo Vandeweghe’s full matches this week but from the scoreline and highlights, she looks dominant to say the least. After only needing to play one set against an injured Alja Tomljanovic, Vandeweghe has been cruising through her draw, losing no more than five games in her next three matches. Against an in-form Catherine Bellis who beat Petra Kvitova a day earlier, Vandeweghe hit 30 winners to just 17 unforced errors and won 83% of first serve points enroute to the victory. From recent weeks her arrogant attitude seems to have toned down a little and maybe it’s because of her new partnership with coach Pat Cash. She is now one win away from her biggest title of her career…
Stat: Vandeweghe will be aiming for her first Premier title and first title on hard courts as her previous wins have been on the lawns of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Keys is bidding for her fourth Premier title and first on hard courts too.
Thoughts: Get your helmets ready as this is going to be a big-hitting encounter. Both players have similar games with their kick serves, power forehands and backhands and whoever serves better and makes less unforced errors will be the victor of this one. Keys is slowly starting to kick into 2016 gear and is playing more with controlled aggression. For Vandeweghe, she has been competing well the whole season and a first Premier title is definitely due soon. I feel that nerves could play a part in Keys but not so much for Vandeweghe (her confidence is beaming forever on the court). Edging 55-45 to the No.6 seed…