U.S. qualifier at Rogers Cup has Montreal connection

 

 
 
 
 
American Coco Vandeweghe, 22, who qualified for the main draw of the Rogers Cup Canadian Open on Sunday, has a Montreal connection — her grandfather, Ernie Vandeweghe, was born here.
 

American Coco Vandeweghe, 22, who qualified for the main draw of the Rogers Cup Canadian Open on Sunday, has a Montreal connection — her grandfather, Ernie Vandeweghe, was born here.

Photograph by: Noah Graham, Getty Images

MONTREAL — Coco Vandeweghe had to work overtime Sunday to claim her spot in the main draw of the Rogers Cup Canadian Open.

The 22-year-old American had her first round qualifying match postponed Saturday because her opponent, Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa, was in Washington where she teamed with Shuko Aoyama to win their first WTA doubles title.

But Vandeweghe wasted no time once Dabrowski arrived in Montreal. She need only one hour to beat Dabrowski 6-0, 6-3 and then polished off Israeli Julia Glushko 6-0, 6-2 in 58 minutes.

Vandeweghe, who is 48th in WTA rankings, has one of the more interesting pedigrees on the women’s tour, and it includes a couple of Montreal connections.

Her grandfather, Ernie Vandeweghe, was born in Montreal. He was an all-American basketball player at Colgate before joining the New York Knicks. A physician, he served as chairman of the President’s Council on Fitness and Sports and was one of the architects of Title IX, legislation that expanded sporting opportunities for women in the U.S.

Coco’s mother, Tauna Vandeweghe, represented the U.S. as a swimmer in the Montreal Olympics, reaching the semifinals of the 100-metre backstroke. The U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 Games in Moscow robbed Tauna of another Olympic experience, but she switched to volleyball and helped the U.S. win a silver medal in Los Angeles in 1984.

Her uncle, Kiki Vandeweghe, played and coached in the NBA.

And, finally, there’s Coco’s grandmother, Coleen Kay Hutchins. Before she became Mrs. Ernie Vandeweghe, she was Miss America 1952.

Vandeweghe, who will get a day off before playing Zhang Shuai of China on Tuesday, was one of 12 players to earn a spot in the main draw.

The lone Canadian to advance was Laval’s Stéphanie Dubois, who beat Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Her first-round opponent Tuesday will be Garbine Muguruza of Spain.

Carol Zhao, a Stanford University student from Richmond Hill, Ont., reached the final round of qualifying but lost to American Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-4.

 
 
 
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American Coco Vandeweghe, 22, who qualified for the main draw of the Rogers Cup Canadian Open on Sunday, has a Montreal connection — her grandfather, Ernie Vandeweghe, was born here.
 

American Coco Vandeweghe, 22, who qualified for the main draw of the Rogers Cup Canadian Open on Sunday, has a Montreal connection — her grandfather, Ernie Vandeweghe, was born here.

Photograph by: Noah Graham, Getty Images

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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