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25 January, 2017

Giant Killer Vandeweghe Heading For Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

One of the hottest players on the WTA Tour will be heading to Dubai next month to challenge the best in the world at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

 

CoCo Vandeweghe has been storming through the draw at the Australian Open, not only upsetting defending champion and world number one Angelique Kerber but crushing reigning French Open champion Garbine Muguruza to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.

The 25 year old American’s giant-killing spree in Melbourne though should come as little surprise after a 2016 season that saw Vandeweghe overcome other top 10 opponents such as Belinda Bencic, Carla Suarez Navarro, Roberto Vinci and most impressively, third-ranked and former Dubai champion Agnieszka Radwanska. 

"I think she played unbelievable," said a shell-shocked Muguruza. "Three times we played in the past, she didn't show this level. Her serve, her shots were there. She barely missed."

Vandeweghe's 6-4 6-0 victory came after she had banished Kerber in what was the greatest win of her life. 

"It was really special," Vandeweghe said. "Beating the world number one on any stage and any place is great. I wasn't feeling confident, I guess I faked it. I was nervous, but I had a game plan to execute and I knew that as long as I keep picking my spots, I had a chance." 

Both Kerber and Muguruza will be hoping for the chance to gain swift revenge against Vandeweghe as they line up in Dubai as part of a stunning world-class field consisting of eight of the top 10 that includes WTA Finals champion Dominika Cibulkova, recent Sydney champion Johanna Konta, Brisbane winner Karolina Pliskova and resurgent Russian and three-time Dubai finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova. Former Dubai winners Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep are also ready to make their own bid for one of the most sought-after trophies on the WTA Tour. 

"CoCo Vandeweghe’s success at the Australian Open has been quite exceptional and Dubai tennis fans can look forward to seeing for themselves one of the most talented players to emerge from the United States in recent times," said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, the tournament owners and organisers.  “The field this year is nothing short of remarkable and guarantees excellent tennis on every day of the tournament." 

"It is always a great thrill to see a player surprise everyone with such a spectacular run," said Tournament Director Salah Tahlak. "Now we look forward to seeing CoCo Vandeweghe once again take on the best in the world at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships." 

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free, and held under the patronage of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. 

Action gets underway first with the WTA event on 19 February, followed by the 25th staging of the ATP World tour event from 27th February. The ATP line-up includes world number one Andy Murray; seven-time Dubai champion Roger Federer; Dubai defending champion, winner of three grand slams and world number four Stan Wawrinka; two time Dubai finalist Tomas Berdych, along with the entertaining world number seven Gael Monfils.

Tickets for every day of the event including the finals are still available from the Box Office at the Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud which opens from 9am to 9pm daily. Tickets are also available online through http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/en/ticketsFor further information about tickets, prices and the tournament visit www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com

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