Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Vandeweghe, two others receive San Jose wild cards

CoCo Vandeweghe, a two-time runner-up in the Bank of the West Classic at
Stanford, sat out this year with an ankle injury before returning Monday night
in a World TeamTennis match for her hometown San Diego Aviators. 2017
photo by Mal Taam
   Two-time tournament runner-up CoCo Vandeweghe, former doubles world No. 1 Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Russian No. 1 Daria Kasatkina received the three remaining singles wild cards for next week's Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, organizers announced today.
   Thirty-nine-year-old Venus Williams, a two-time tournament champion and six-time runner-up, previously was granted a wild card for the Silicon Valley Classic, Monday through Aug. 4 at San Jose State.
   Vandeweghe reached the final of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford in 2012, losing to Serena Williams, and 2017, falling to Madison Keys. The tournament moved to San Jose last year after 21 years at Stanford.
   Vandeweghe, 27, climbed to a career-high No. 10 in 2017 after advancing to the semifinals of the Australian Open and the U.S. Open and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. She won the U.S. Open doubles title last year with Ashleigh Barty, now No. 1 in singles.
   Vandeweghe withdrew from last year's Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic with an ankle injury, ended 2018 with an eight-match losing streak in singles and sat out this year because of the ankle until returning Monday night in a World TeamTennis match for her hometown San Diego Aviators.
   Mattek-Sands, a 34-year-old Phoenix resident, has won eight Grand Slam doubles titles (five women's and three mixed). She reached a career-high No. 30 in singles in 2011 and claimed the 2016 Olympic gold medal in mixed doubles with countryman Jack Sock in Rio de Janeiro.
   Mattek-Sands suffered a gruesome knee injury while playing Sorana Cirstea of Romania in the second round at Wimbledon in 2017.
   Kasatkina, 22, has tumbled from a career-high No. 10 last October to No. 40.

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