Vandeweghe blasts into first grand slam semi-final

Coco Vandeweghe blasted her way into her first grand slam semi-final with a dominant display of power tennis to destroy French Open champion Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-0 at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old American, who was equally as impressive in dispatching world number one Angelique Kerber in the previous round, controlled the match from the seventh game of the first set when she achieved her first break of serve.

Having taken 56 minutes to wrap up the first set, Vandeweghe raced through the second as she blasted winners from both sides of the court to clinch the match and her semi-final place 27 minutes later.

“I really wasn’t feeling that great out there funnily enough. I was actually quite nervous,” Vandeweghe said. “I just tried to play my best, stay within myself and keep my patterns.

“She fought through a few break points but I kept up the pressure and she finally cracked.

“Then once I got rolling in the second it was like a freight train and (she) couldn’t stop it.”