Young Americans Keys and Vandeweghe clash in final

 

By Anita Stahl

  • Madison Keys [3] vs. Coco Vandeweghe [6] H2H: First Meeting
STANFORD, USA – Young Americans Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe clash in Bank of the West Classic final.

 

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Madison Keys [3] vs. Coco Vandeweghe [6] H2H: First Meeting

Madison Keys, WTA Stanford, Bank of the West Classic 2017

Madison Keys | Anita Stahl / AnitaCaptures.com

Not only is it remarkable that all eight seeds made the quarter-final of the Bank of the West Classic, the first time seeding worked so well at a WTA tournament since 2004, but it is remarkable how many of the seeds have never played against one another, even at junior level tournaments.

American compatriots Madison Keys, 22, and Coco Vandeweghe, 25, both represent an aggressive, powerful, offensive approach to tennis. Keys laughingly cited exactly this as the reason they never even practiced together:

“Why would we want to practice with each other? It would be the most pointless thing ever: like, oh! Winner! Ace! Winner!”

 

Watch as the pair banter about Florida v California! (📹@WTA)


Keys projected the match would have a similar trajectory, with both players relying heavily on their serve and going for winners early. On Stanford University’s quick courts, neither wants to engage in long rallies.

Considering how injuries have plagued the earlier part of her season, Keys is happy to be competing at this level at all, but to succeed this early in the US Open Series could signal big things in weeks to come when she had originally just set out with low expectations to get back into the tour groove:

“It’s a massive springboard. It’s kind of the perfect situation for me, going and having three perfect matches and hopefully four perfect matches going into the US Open is exactly what you want.”

Vandeweghe is approaching the final with confidence, pleased with her movement, the main area that had been of concern in recent tournaments:

“I’ve been moving, I’ve been competing very well, and that’s all I can really ask for of myself is to stay engaged in a match and I feel I’ve been doing that.”

Both players do share a vulnerability of letting opponents frustrate them and get under their skin, making Sunday’s final as much a test of will and confidence as of physical feats.

Prediction: Keys in two sets

Keys and Vandeweghe are scheduled on Stadium Court at 2pm (10pm BST).

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