Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

AUSTRALIAN OPEN ; Coco Vandeweghe Holds off Eugenie Bouchard, Advances into Fourth Round in Australia

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

AUSTRALIAN OPEN ; Coco Vandeweghe Holds off Eugenie Bouchard, Advances into Fourth Round in Australia

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MELBOURNE, Australia - Coco Vandeweghe was the first player into the round of 16 at the Australian Open when she recovered from an early break in the third set to beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 on Friday. Vandeweghe converted her only break to take the first set but Bouchard, who reached the Australian Open and French Open semifinals and the Wimbledon final in 2014, leveled the match with two breaks in a dominant second set.

The 22-year-old Canadian broke Vandeweghe's serve to open the third set and appeared to be in control until the American rallied.

After holding in the key eighth game of the third set, when she saved four break points in a game that went to deuce eight times, Vandeweghe had the benefit of serving first to establish with no tiebreakers in the deciding set.

She easily held for a 6-5 lead and then, after Bouchard had a game point, went on a roll to close with a big backhand winner on her first match point.

Vandeweghe has reached the quarterfinals and the fourth round in the last two years at Wimbledon, but her run to the third round in Australia in 2016 was her best at any major not played on grass. …

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