American world No.69 Coco Vandeweghe claimed her first career title with a 6-2 6-4 win over Zheng Jie in the final of the grasscourt Topshelf Open. With names such as world No.3 Simona Halep, world No.10 Dominika Cibulkova and world No.13 Eugenie Bouchard in the draw, qualifier Vandeweghe was far from a favorite for the big triumph, but some early exits of top players and her stunning aces throughout the week, brought her a victory worth €34,677. Earlier in the tournament, Vandeweghe eliminated seventh seed Garbine Muguruza and eighth seed Klara Koukalova.
Can you believe that Vandeweghe served 81 aces in eight matches played during the tournament? To illustrate, en route to the final, in the main draw, Vandeweghe hit 51 ace and 16 double faults, while her opponent Zheng recorded 0 aces and 1 double fault. In the title match, Vandeweghe lost just one of 28 points on her serve and never faced a break point! Let me remind you, Zheng played the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2008, so she’s not just any player, even though her ranking has dropped to No.90. (photo: Jimmie48)