CoCo Vandeweghe remains unbeaten at Mastercard Hopman Cup 2018 after navigating past Australian youngster Maddison Inglis 7-5 6-2 to help book Team USA a second successive victory.
Unfortunately for Team Japan, Naomi Osaka was forced to withdraw from the match due to illness, which enabled Perth local Inglis to step in.
“I want to congratulate Maddy for coming out here,” said Vandeweghe. “She did herself proud, played really well and was a tough opponent.
“Congrats to her because it’s not easy coming out with such little time to prepare at the last minute. It shows what a high quality player she is and she made it very difficult for me.”
Inglis, still just 19 years old, was far from intimidated by the on-court prowess of the world No.10 and pushed the American all the way in the opening set.
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Vandeweghe was forced to up her level in the second set and closed out victory with canny forays to the net, which would have impressed coach Pat Cash in the stands.
“It was good fun out here today, I didn’t know there were so many Japan fans here,” quipped Vandeweghe. “That’s what makes the Hopman Cup so great to play in, with a relaxed atmosphere, but it’s still very competitive.”
In the men’s singles Japan’s Yuichi Sugita led Jack Sock 7-6(1) 1-1, before the American was forced to retire injured.
The world No.40 was then joined by Inglis to take on the coaching-player combination of Pat Cash and CoCo Vandeweghe in the mixed doubles.
Perth’s very own Inglis and Sugita combined well to fight back 0-4 4-3(2) 4-0 against the Australian legend and world No.10 duo.
“I didn’t have too much time to think about playing today, which is probably a good thing. It’s up there as one of my best days, it was awesome” said Inglis, as he Japanese partner Sugita declared, “It was perfect. It was a great experience to face such a legend.”
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