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Doubles wrap: Vandeweghe and Groenefeld move on

By Chris Longo
Sunday, September 06, 2015

No racquets were harmed in the making of CoCo Vandeweghe and Anna-Lena Groenefeld’s 6-2, 6-4 romp over Czechs Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

The fiery American and her German partner are making waves in the women’s doubles tournament. Through three matches, they’ve yet to drop a set in eliminating Svetlana Kuznetsova and Samantha Stosur in the first round, running through No. 10 seeds Su-Wei Hsieh and Anastasia Rodionova in the second round and eliminating the No. 7 seeds on Sunday.

Vandeweghe admitted she was looking ahead to her next opponent when she was upset by Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the second round of women’s singles. As the final remaining unseeded duo, Vandeweghe and Groenefeld can’t overlook any opponent the rest of the way. Peeking ahead, they’ll face No. 5 seeds Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik in the quarterfinals.

Martina Hingis, in her 13th US Open, moved one step closer to another title. Along with her partner Sania Mirza, the No. 1 seeds had no trouble advancing past Michaella Krajicek and Barbora Strycova, 6-3, 6-0, in just 59 minutes. They’ll take on the No. 9 seeds Yung-Jan Chan and Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei.

On the men’s side, 2014 US Open doubles quarterfinalist Leonardo Mayer and Joao Sousa needed three sets but prevailed over Colin Fleming and Treat Huey, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Mayer, the No. 34-ranked singles player, will look for his best Grand Slam result when he and Sousa take on the winner of an American showdown of Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson against Michael Russell and Donald Young.

Young will have to recover quickly from three long days in Flushing. After winning a five-set thriller on Grandstand over Viktor Troicki on Saturday, Young and his mixed doubles partner Taylor Townsend went the distance but eventually fell short to Lukasz Kubot and Andrea Hlavackova, 6-7, 6-1, 10-5. On Monday, he’ll have his hands full with No. 5 seed Stan Wawrinka and then have to play in the doubles tournament.