Upset Coco not crying over spilt milk
Coco Vandeweghe revealed her crushing disappointment Thursday at missing out on her first Grand Slam final and said she still wasn’t satisfied despite reaching the Australian Open’s last four.
The unseeded American took a one-set lead before was sent packing by the vastly experienced Venus Williams, who rolled back the years to win their semifinal 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-3.
Despite the loss, it was Vandeweghe’s best Grand Slam yet with wins over world No 1 Angelique Kerber, French Open champion Garbine Muguruza and 2014 semifinalist Eugenie Bouchard.
“Straight after the match I was pretty upset. I had a feel-sorry-for myself moment,” the 25-year-old said, calling her loss from one set up a “missed opportunity”.
“But what made me feel a lot better was when my team came over when I was in the gym sitting by myself, they came over, gave me a big hug.
“Each and every one of them told me how proud they were of how I competed out there and everything like that.
“So that kind of picked me up and made the situation feel a lot better. But I was very disappointed and upset.”
Before her run to the semifinal in Melbourne, Vandeweghe had only ever been to one Grand Slam quarterfinal before, at Wimbledon in 2015.
She had earned a reputation for inconsistency, finishing last season with a whimper as she lost seven of her last 10 matches.
But she has been in brilliant form so far this year with her booming serve and phenomenal groundstrokes suited to the fast and hard courts of the Australian Open.