WTA Doha: Coco Vandeweghe Defeats Belinda Bencic In Straight Sets

Coco Vandeweghe has been on an impressive run of form in recent weeks, with big wins against Karolina Pliskova and Kristina Mladenovic. The American overcame qualifier Kirsten Flipkens in the first round, whereas Belinda Bencic had a bye. Coming into the match today Vandeweghe and Bencic had faced each other twice. The two encounters occurred in 2013, with both players picking up a victory each.

Vandeweghe Gets The Only Break To Take The Set

The first set was a close affair, with Vandeweghe's break of serve being the deciding factor. However, the outcome of the set could have been a lot different if Bencic capitalized on the early chance she had to break Vandeweghe's serve.

After saving the two break points, Vandeweghe then had her own opportunities to break Bencic during the fourth game. The world number 43, also failed to capitalize on the break point opportunities, keeping the set on serve.

It was in the seventh game, where Vandeweghe managed to take the lead in the set. This time around, Bencic could not stop the American from breaking her serve, as Vandeweghe capitalized on her second break point opportunity to win the game.

With the lead in the set, Vandeweghe just needed to hold her serve. It was not easy for the American to consolidate the break of serve, as Bencic battled hard. Vandeweghe had to fight off two break points before she  eventually took the game to give herself a 5-3 lead.

Bencic managed to win one more game before Vandeweghe took the set. The Swiss player comfortably held her serve, to keep herself in the set but this was not enough. Vandeweghe did not falter when serving for the set, taking her first set point opportunity to win the set 6-4.

Poor Serving By Bencic Helps Vandeweghe Win The Match

All the momentum was with the American coming into the second set. This was soon visible as Vandeweghe broke Bencic in the very first game of the set. During the game, Vandeweghe was aided by some poor serving by the world number seven, and she did not need to be asked twice when it came to converting the break point opportunity.

The next few games in the set resulted in the player who was serving holding their serve, despite Vandeweghe having another break point chance in the third game. The American was serving really well, losing just one point in three service games.

Vandeweghe extended her lead further in the seventh game. As she once again capitalized on Bencic's poor serving to win the game and put herself a set and double break up. The match was soon over, as Vandeweghe raced through her service game, winning the game, set and match with her second opportunity.

Vandeweghe will now face German Andrea Petkovic in the third round.

Match Statistics

Vandeweghe's serving was a major factor in her win. The American hit 10 aces and only 2 double faults and her first serve percentage was 60. In contrast, Bencic hit two aces and seven double faults with a first serve percentage of 64.

Another key factor in the match was the players ability to take their break point opportunities. Bencic had four break point chances but could not take any of them. Whereas Vandeweghe capitalized on three of the eight break points that she had.