Former world No. 9 CoCo Vandeweghe made a victorious return in San Jose on Monday evening, defeating Marie Bouzkova, 6-2, 6-4, to win her first-round match. As a result, Vandeweghe snapped a nine-match losing streak in singles, picking up her first win since reaching the semifinals at Den Bosch in June of 2018.
"First and foremost, I was just thinking of having fun. It’s a big-picture sort of scenario," Vandeweghe said on-court afterwards. "I wasn't walking five months ago
Playing her first WTA event since October due to a combination of foot and ankle issues, Vandeweghe secured an early break against the Czech in the third game of the encounter. The two-time major singles semifinalist had no problem staying out in front, closing out the victory in 84 minutes.
Vandeweghe, who received a wild card into the event, has finished runner-up twice in 2012 and 2017 when it was hosted at Stanford. The American's ranking has dropped down to No. 636 as a result of her nine months away from tournament action. Her last appearance came at the 2018 WTA Finals, when she teamed up with US Open doubles champion partner Ashleigh Barty to post a semifinal showing in Singapore.
The 27-year-old will next square off against second seed Aryna Sabalenka. The Belarusian is ranked No. 10 but comes into San Jose having won just three of her past eight matches. Vandeweghe won their lone previous meeting in the 2017 Fed Cup Final when she led the United States to its first title since 2000.
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