Up­set Coco not cry­ing over spilt milk

Weekly Trust - - Shot! -

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.

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