Coco Vandeweghe

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Colleen "Coco" Vandeweghe
CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) (9718213025).jpg
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Rancho Santa Fe, California, U.S.
Born (1991-12-06) December 6, 1991 (age 24)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Turned pro 2008
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Craig Kardon
Prize money US$ 2,505,906
Career record 221–180 (55.11%)
Career titles 2 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 29 (June 20, 2016)
Current ranking No. 30 (August 22, 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2015)
French Open 2R (2014, 2016)
Wimbledon QF (2015)
US Open 2R (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Career record 71–60
Career titles 1 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 19 (May 9 2016)
Current ranking No. 19 (9 May 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2016)
French Open 1R (2011, 2015)
Wimbledon 3R (2015)
US Open SF (2015)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open F (2016)
French Open QF (2016)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 1–3
Last updated on: 4 April 2016.

Colleen "Coco" Vandeweghe (/ˈvɑːndɛw/ VAN-de-WAY) (born Colleen Mallarkey; December 6, 1991) is an American professional tennis player. She was the Junior US Open champion in 2008. Vandeweghe has also won two WTA titles, both at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships in Den Bosch.


Vandeweghe was born in New York City. She is the granddaughter of 1952 Miss America Colleen Kay Hutchins and former New York Knick Ernie Vandeweghe, the niece of basketball player Kiki Vandeweghe and the daughter of former olympic swimmer Tauna Vandeweghe. She first started playing tennis with her older brother, Beau, at the age of 11, the last sport she played in her early life before turning pro in April 2008. Self-described as a "total California girl", CoCo spends most of her off-season at the beach with her family.[1]

Playing style[edit]

Vandeweghe is known to have one of the strongest serves on the tour. In 2014, she hit 306 aces, the third highest on the tour. She plays very aggressively, and likes to take the ball early and on the rise on both sides. Her groundstrokes are heavy and are delivered flat and powerful. Vandeweghe is efficient at the net and enjoys moving forward to avoid extended rallies. Because of her consistent serve, she has a solid mental game. Overall fitness and movement are cited as her weaknesses. Vandeweghe's favorite shot is her forehand down the line, and her preferred surfaces are hard and grass courts. She is currently coached by Craig Kardon, who coached several WTA players such as Ana Ivanovic, Lindsay Davenport, Lisa Raymond and Martina Navratilova.



She received a wildcard into the 2008 US Open girls' singles. She defeated 13th seed Elena Chernyakova in the first round. She defeated fellow wildcard Kristie Ahn in the second round and Katarzyna Piter in the third round. In the quarterfinals, she defeated Belgian Tamaryn Hendler. She defeated 12th seed Kristina Mladenovic in the semifinals[2] and went on to win the final against Gabriela Paz Franco.[3] She won the tournament without dropping a set.[4]



Vandeweghe played at the 2007 Acura Classic as a wildcard. She lost to Elena Bovina, 3–6, 5–7, in the first round.[5]

In 2008, she lost to Sabine Lisicki in the first round in Miami and to Marta Domachowska in Los Angeles. In the 2008 US Open, where she had won the girls' singles title, she received a wildcard for the women's singles main draw. She lost to Jelena Janković, 3–6, 1–6, in the first round.[5]

In 2009, Vandeweghe obtained an invitation from the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons' Association to play the 2009 JB Group Classic with her compatriot Venus Williams and Argentine Gisela Dulko in January, and then she was granted a wildcard to the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open. She lost to Nuria Llagostera Vives, 0–6, 3–6, in the first round. In her second WTA tournament of the year in Los Angeles, she recorded her first WTA-level win[citation needed]. She defeated Tathiana Garbin, 6–4, 6–4. She then lost to Flavia Pennetta, 6–1, 6–4. Coco gained a wildcard for qualifying at the 2009 US Open. She lost in the first round of qualifying.


In 2010, Vandeweghe received a wildcard to the Australian Open, but she lost to Sandra Záhlavová, 0–6, 1–6, in the first round. Then, she played an ITF tournament in Rancho Mirage, retiring in the first round to Tadeja Majerič. She lost once again to Georgie Stopp in the first round at the ITF tournament in Laguna Niguel but reached the second round at the tournament in Surprise, where she lost to Julia Boserup. At Indian Wells, she lost in the first round of qualifying to Arantxa Parra Santonja, 3–6, 1–6.

In the following months, Vandeweghe won two ITF tournament in a row. She then cracked into the top 200 on the WTA list.

She qualified for the 2010 Mercury Insurance Open, beating Gisela Dulko, 6–0, 3–0 when Dulko retired due to an ankle sprain. She went on to defeat Vera Zvonareva, 2–6, 7–5, 6–4, for her first top-10 victory, despite being a break down in both the second and third sets. In the quarterfinals, she led former US Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 5–2 in the first set, before falling 7–5, 6–2. Despite high expectations at the 2010 US Open, Vandeweghe was defeated by Sabine Lisicki, 1–6, 0–6, in the first round. Ranked No. 172 in the world, Vandeweghe travelled to Japan to compete at the 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. She qualified by defeating veteran Tathiana Garbin, 7–5, 6–4 and rising star Jarmila Groth, 6–4, 7–6(2). In the first round of the main draw, she defeated world no. 37 Klára Zakopalová 6–4, 7–6(6). In the second round she caused a massive upset by defeating world no. 18 and 14th seed Aravane Rezaï, 6–4, 6–4. In the third round, she handily defeated Julia Görges, 6–3, 6–0. She faced eighth seed Victoria Azarenka for a place in the semifinals, but lost 2–6, 1–6.


Vandeweghe began 2011 at the Brisbane International. She was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Russia's Alexandra Panova, 6–7, 6–7. Next up was the Medibank International Sydney, where she was again defeated in the first round of qualifying, this time by Ekaterina Makarova. Vandeweghe came through the qualifying rounds at the Australian Open; however, she was defeated in the first round of the main draw by Alizé Cornet, 2–6, 1–6.

Up next was Memphis Tennis Championships, where Vandeweghe made the main draw without having to qualify. She defeated Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the first round, 6–3, 6–2. In the second round, she defeated fellow American Alexandra Stevenson, 6–2, 6–2. Unfortunately, Vandeweghe was defeated in the quarterfinals by eventual finalist Rebecca Marino, 1–6, 6–7. Even though she was beaten, she broke into the WTA top 100 for the first time in her career.

Vandeweghe then travelled to Indian Wells, where she gained a wildcard to the main draw. In the first round, she defeated Edina Gallovits-Hall, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4. She lost to sixth seed and defending champion Jelena Janković in the second round, 2–6, 1–6.

At the US Open, she defeated Alberta Brianti in the first round, 7–5, 6–3, but lost to eventual champion Samantha Stosur in the second, 3–6, 4–6.


Vandeweghe made it to the first WTA-level semifinal of her career in the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford after posting a win over Poland's Urszula Radwańska 6–4, 6–4.[6] In the Semifinal, she defeated fifth-seeded Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in three sets to book a place in her first WTA final against top-seeded Serena Williams.[7] Vandeweghe lost to Williams in straight sets in the final 7–5, 6–3.[8] [9]


Vandeweghe posted a win against Marion Bartoli in the first round at the Monterrey Open and later reached the second rounds at Stanford, Carlsbad and the US Open after qualifying for each.

2014: First WTA title[edit]

Vandeweghe had impressive results in 2014, including first-round wins at both the French Open and Wimbledon. She reached the Round of 16 after qualifying in Miami, beating Samantha Stosur along the way. She won her first WTA tournament, again as a qualifier, at the Topshelf Open grass tournament in The Netherlands, beating Zheng Jie in the final. After qualifying for the Rogers Cup in Montreal, she beat the ninth seed, Ana Ivanovic, and the seventh seed, Jelena Janković, to reach the quarterfinals.

2015: Steady ranking[edit]

She made her best Grand Slam result at 2015 Australian Open, where she made the third round for the first time after victories over Francesca Schiavone and Samantha Stosur, falling to Madison Brengle.

In 2015, just three days before the French Open, CoCo and coach Maciej Synowka parted ways, having worked with each other for over a year. Vandeweghe is now coached by Craig Kardon, who has previously worked with star players like Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, and Ana Ivanovic.

She upgraded her best Grand Slam result at Wimbledon, where she made the quarterfinals after victories over Anna Karolína Schmiedlová, Karolína Plíšková, Samantha Stosur, and Lucie Šafářová before falling in three sets to Maria Sharapova.

She made her first Grand Slam semifinals in doubles with Anna-Lena Grönefeld at the US Open.

2016: First WTA doubles title and second WTA singles title[edit]

CoCo Vandeweghe got off to a rough start in 2016. She commenced her season at the 2016 ASB Classic where she was the seventh seed but lost to her compatriot and good friend Irina Falconi in the first round 7-5, 4-6, 3-6, despite being up a break in the final set. An alternate for Sydney, Vandeweghe lost in the first round to Jelena Jankovic 3-6, 4-6. She then travelled to Melbourne to compete at the 2016 Australian Open. She drew her countrywoman Madison Brengle in the first round, again losing 3-6, 4-6. However, Vandeweghe enjoyed some success in women's doubles, where she and her partner, Anna-Lena Grönefeld, reached the quarterfinals and losing to world number ones Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis in three sets. CoCo teamed up with Romania's Horia Tecău in the mixed doubles event where they made the final, falling just short to Elena Vesnina and Bruno Soares. After the Australian Open, CoCo participated at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, where she scored her first win of 2016, knocking out the 6th seed Karolína Plíšková. She went on to reach the quarterfinals of Dubai, with another strong win over Kristina Mladenovic, before losing to Elina Svitolina three sets. At the 2016 Qatar Total Open, Vandeweghe made it to the third round, with straight set wins over Kirsten Flipkens and Belinda Bencic, obtaining her first top ten victory of 2016. In March, Vandeweghe made the third round at Indian Wells, beating Kiki Bertens and Svetlana Kuznetsova before losing to Jelena Jankovic for the second time in 2016. In doubles, CoCo teamed up with fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, where they unprecedentedly claimed the doubles title. En route to the title, they beat Dabrowski/Martínez Sánchez, the 2nd seeds Chan/Chan, the 8th seeds Spears/Atawo, the third seeds Babos/Shvedova in the semifinals, and Görges/Plíšková in the final. It was Vandeweghe's first doubles title. After Indian Wells, CoCo participated at the 2016 Miami Open, where she also reached the third round after defeating Samantha Crawford and world #6 Carla Suárez Navarro before losing to Monica Niculescu in straight sets. Vandeweghe travelled to Brisbane, where she represented USA at Fed Cup. Her decisive win over Samantha Stosur meant that USA will return to World Group stages in 2017. After Fed Cup, Vandeweghe lost in the first rounds of Madrid and Rome. At the 2016 French Open, she won her first clay court match of the season, beating Naomi Broady in three sets. In her round two match, she faced Irina-Camelia Begu where she lost in 3 hours and 37 minutes despite serving for the match. In mixed doubles, CoCo paired up with Bob Bryan. They reached the quarterfinals, where they lost to French duo Kristina Mladenovic and Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Vandeweghe found form in the grass court season. She won her second WTA title at the 2016 Ricoh Open. She beat Indy de Vroome, Nao Hibino, Evgeniya Rodina, Madison Brengle and Kristina Mladenovic in the final, 7-5, 7-5 to win the title. It was her second title overall, and second title at Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, having won the tournament in 2014. She then played at the 2016 Aegon Classic, where she beat world #3 and top seed Agnieszka Radwańska, Christina McHale and Yanina Wickmayer, before losing to Barbora Strýcová and thus ending her 8 match winning streak. After this tournament, her ranking rose to a career high of #30. At the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, Vandeweghe was seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time. She made the second week for the second straight year. She beat Bondarenko, Babos, Vinci before losing to eventual quarterfinalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the 4th round. Her win over Vinci was her 4th top 10 victory in 2016.

CoCo's next tournament is at 2016 Bank of the West Classic, where she's the 4th seed.

Team Tennis[edit]

Vandeweghe has played in the World TeamTennis pro league for four seasons. She is currently a roster player for the Philadelphia Freedoms after previously playing for the Boston Lobsters.

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2016 Australian Open Hard Romania Horia Tecău Russia Elena Vesnina
Brazil Bruno Soares
4–6, 6–4, [5-10]

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2016 BNP Paribas Open Hard United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands Germany Julia Görges
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
4–6, 6–4, [10–6]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (2–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (2–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. July 15, 2012 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, United States Hard United States Serena Williams 5–7, 3–6
Winner 1. June 21, 2014 Topshelf Open, 'S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass China Zheng Jie 6–2, 6–4
Winner 2. June 12, 2016 Ricoh Open, 'S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (2) Grass France Kristina Mladenovic 7–5, 7–5

Doubles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (1–1)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Winner 1. March 20, 2016 BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, United States Hard United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands Germany Julia Görges
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
4–6, 6–4, [10–6]
Runner-up 1. August 21 2016 Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, United States Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis India Sania Mirza
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
5–7, 4–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Australian Open A A 1R 1R LQ 1R LQ 3R 1R 2–5
French Open A A A 1R LQ 1R 2R 1R 2R 2–5
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R 1R 2R QF 4R 8–6
US Open 1R LQ 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 4–7
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–4 0–2 1–4 3–3 7–4 1–2 13–22

Women's doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Australian Open 1R QF 2–2
French Open 1R 1R 2R 1–3
Wimbledon 3R A 2–1
US Open 1R 2R 2R 2R SF 7–5
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 6–4 3-2 12–11

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
1. Russia Vera Zvonareva No. 9 San Diego, US Hard 2nd Round 2–6, 7–5, 6–4
2. Serbia Ana Ivanovic No. 10 Montreal, Canada Hard 2nd Round 6–7(7–9), 7–6(9–7), 6–4
3. Serbia Jelena Janković No. 9 Montreal, Canada Hard 3rd Round 7–6(10–8), 2–6, 7–5
4. Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová No. 6 Wimbledon, London, UK Grass 4th Round 7–6(7–1), 7–6(7–4)
5. Switzerland Belinda Bencic No. 7 Doha, UAE Hard 2nd Round 6–4, 6–2
6. Spain Carla Suárez Navarro No. 6 Miami, US Hard 2nd Round 6–4, 6–2
7. Poland Agnieszka Radwańska No. 3 Birmingham, UK Grass 1st Round 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
8. Italy Roberta Vinci No. 7 Wimbledon, London, UK Grass 3rd Round 6–3, 6–4


  1. ^ Waldstein, David. Coco Vandeweghe, Kiki's niece, wins U.S. Open girls' title. (September 7, 2008). Retrieved on September 7, 2011.
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  3. ^ "Coco Vandeweghe". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
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  5. ^ a b "Profile at". Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Yanina Wickmayer beats error-prone Marion Bartoli to advance in Stanford". 14 July 2012. 
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  8. ^ "Serena Williams tops Coco Vandeweghe for Stanford title – ESPN". 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  9. ^ "Serena Williams wins at Stanford in final Olympic tuneup". 16 July 2012. 

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