Coco Vendeweghe is an American professional tennis player. Born on December 6, 1991, she started her career playing on the junior circuit reaching a ranking of junior world no. 15 before moving on to senior tournaments. In 2008 she won the US Open Girls’ singles title.
The 19-year-old is known for her strong serve as well as for her excellent topspin/ flat forehand. Coached by Robert Van’t Hof, Vendeweghe also sports a powerful backhand. She debuted in the WTA by facing off with Elena Bovina before entering the 2007 Acura Classic as a wild card. Undaunted, even after subsequent first round losses to Sabine Lisicki and to Marta Domachowska, Vendeweghe went on play in the JB Group Classic in 2009 after an invite by the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons’ Association with Venus Williams and Argentine tennis player Gisela Dulko. She made her first WTA win in her second tournament in Los Angeles when she defeated Tathiana Garbin. This was followed by multiple losses before she won two ITF tournaments in a row in 2010, which allowed her to enter the WTA 200 list. She also qualified for the 2010 Mercury Insurance Open, where she defeated Dulko in the first round, followed by a win over Vera Zvonareva in the second.
She entered the 2010 US Open as one of the favorites but bowed out in the first round after a defeat by Sabine Lisicki. Her next match was in Japan for the 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open, defeating Klára Zakopalová in the first round. She won the second round against Aravane Rezai, who was seeded at 14th before facing off with Julia Georges who she defeated in the third round.