Vandeweghe explodes after double hit in loss

Monday, May 23, 2011 /by
U.S. teenager Coco Vandeweghe explodes after a chair umpire calls her for a double hit down set point in the first-set tiebreaker of her 7-6 (5) 6-2 loss to Maria Kirilenko in the first round of Roland Garros. After she failed to convince the umpire that she did not intentionally double hit the volley winner, Vandeweghe violently broke her racket. "I felt like I only hit it once and it was a continuous swing, and from my understanding no matter if it hits on the strings and travels to the frame of your racket [it's OK],"said Vandeweghe, who was up 5-2 in the tiebreaker. "He said I double hit and I said I don't think I did; I thought I had a continuous swing and it never came off my racket and he agreed with me for a second, and that's what really got me mad; then he said you double hit it and there was no more point of arguing."

Vandeweghe also served for the first set before the tiebreaker, but the argument pushed her over her tipping point. "It put me over the edge. It's my own fault for letting it carry over. I should have kept more poise, but it's a Grand Slam and I'm emotional and normally I'm mellow, but it shows I cared that much and I wanted to win that set bad."

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