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Madison Keys vs CoCo Vandeweghe Bank of the West Classic tennis live: All-American duel for Stanford silverware

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 6 Aug 2017
  • Madison Keys vs CoCo Vandeweghe is live from Stanford at 2.00pm local time on Sunday (10.00pm BST)
  • First meeting between the pair
Madison Keys (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

An all-American final awaits at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford on Sunday as Madison Keys squares off against CoCo Vandeweghe for the Premier-level title.

Big-hitting American stars Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe collide for the Bank of the West title in Stanford, ensuring a homegrown player not named Serena Williams will win the tournament for the first time since Lindsay Davenport - now the coach of Madison Keys - all the way back in 2004. Furthermore, this will be the first all-American WTA final not featuring a Williams sister since 2003, when Davenport retired against Jennifer Capriati in New Haven. Both Keys and Vandeweghe have been in fine form all week in Stanford, but only one can take home the Premier silverware on Sunday. The pair take to court at 2.00pm local time (10.00pm BST).

Keys is gunning for her first title of the season in Stanford after injuries and surgeries cruelly denied her the chance to continue her momentum from a career-best year in 2016. Rising from No. 17 to No. 7 in the world, Keys won the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, finished runner-up in Rome and at the Rogers Cup in Canada and made the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing - results that propelled her into the world’s top 10 and saw her qualify for the prestigious season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore for the first time.

However Keys was forced to undergo surgery on her right wrist at the end of the year, meaning she missed the entire Australian summer and only returned to action at Indian Wells. Keys struggled as she aimed to recapture her stunning form of 2016, making the third round in Indian Wells but failing to win back-to-back matches at Miami or through the clay swing in Europe, losing in the second round at the French Open to qualifier Petra Martic.

It was soon afterwards that Keys underwent a second corrective surgery on her right wrist, removing scar tissue from her initial surgery in order to repair a trapped nerve. The 22-year-old recovered in time for Wimbledon, but she lost a big-hitting duel to Camila Giorgi in the second round, leaving her with just five wins for the season heading into Stanford.

But that hasn’t deterred Keys this week, with the World No. 21 defeating Caroline Dolehide in three sets and taking out seventh seed Lesia Tsurenko in straights before delivering her most impressive performance of the year in demolishing Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 6-3 6-2 in Saturday’s semi-finals. It was a fantastic display from Keys to end Muguruza’s nine-match winning streak, winning 12 of the last 14 points to win the opening set before her powerful baseline game allowed her to run away with the second.

Keys appears to be on her way back to top form, but she faces a huge challenge to win her first WTA title outside of England on Sunday.

CoCo Vandeweghe (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CoCo Vandeweghe, enjoying a career-best season in 2017, has been rolling through the Stanford draw with ease this week, not dropping more than three games in a set in four dominant victories over Ajla Tomljanovic, Nicole Gibbs, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and CiCi Bellis. Vandeweghe was especially impressive against teenage compatriot Bellis in Saturday’s first semi-final, surrounding just four games to the rising star in a 65-minute romp where she blasted 30 winners to just 17 unforced errors.

A runner-up to Serena Williams in Stanford in 2012, Vandeweghe believes she is now ready to land the Bank of the West Classic title.

"I'm five years older, and hopefully I'm more mature," Vandeweghe said of her previous Stanford final. “I think [I'm] a little bit of a different tennis player. You grow and evolve as a tennis player and as a person, and I think especially in the last two years, it's been kind of clicking in that regard."

It certainly has been clicking for Vandeweghe in 2017, with the 25-year-old enjoying a stellar season to date, highlighted by beating Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza en route to her first grand slam semi-final at the Australian Open, along with reaching the quarter-finals in Madrid, Birmingham and Wimbledon, taking the top 10 scalps of Johanna Konta and Caroline Wozniacki along the way.

This will be the first career-meeting between the pair, and it promises to be a big-hitting affair. Equipped with two of the most powerful games on the women’s tour, Keys and Vandeweghe will attempt to play first-strike tennis and seize authority from the baseline as soon as possible. Whoever serves better will have a better chance of doing just that, but at the end of the day, there will be no secrets out there despite this being their first meeting. Whoever execute their power game more efficiently on Sunday will prevail, and based on what I saw from Keys on Saturday, she will be very hard to stop.

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Madison Keys vs CoCo Vandeweghe Bank of the West Classic tennis live: All-American duel for Stanford silverware

An all-American final awaits at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford on Sunday as Madison Keys squares off against CoCo Vandeweghe for the Premier-level title.

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