CoCo Vandeweghe makes winning return to tennis at Silicon Valley Classic after nine-month break
Coco Vandewegh hadn't won a singles match since June of 2018, and in her extended absence has dropped to 636th in the world.
American Coco Vandeweghe made a winning return to the WTA tour on Monday
Vandeweghe defeated Marie Bouzkova 6-2, 6-4 in the first round in San Jose
Vandeweghe earned a second-round meeting with second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka
Los Angeles: American CoCo Vandeweghe made a winning return to the WTA tour on Monday, beating Marie Bouzkova 6-2, 6-4 in the first round in San Jose.
It was her first match in 10 months.
Vandeweghe, once ranked as high as ninth in the world, hadn't played a WTA singles match since falling in the first round of the China Open last September, having been slowed for much of 2018 by a nagging ankle injury that was followed by a foot injury.
"To think that five months ago I wasn't even walking, I'm just full of tons of emotions," the 27-year-old said after wrapping up the victory with an ace on match point in one hour and 23 minutes.
She hadn't won a singles match since June of 2018, and in her extended absence has dropped to 636th in the world.
"First and foremost, I was thinking of having fun," she said of her mindset coming into the tournament, for which she received a wild card.
While she missed the first edition of the tournament in San Jose last year, Vandeweghe was a two-time finalist in the event's previous incarnation in Stanford.
Vandeweghe earned a second-round meeting with second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Roger Federer's participation in Laver Cup is in question, though, given his ongoing knee problems.
Muguruza has not managed to string together more than two wins at a tournament and fell out of the world top 10 earlier this month.
Federer underwent three knee injuries in the past two years which led to the 20-time Grand Slam winner announcing his retirement last week.