'Strange number, Martina who?' Lucky I answered, says Vandeweghe
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[January 20, 2017]
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Coco
Vandeweghe was in two minds whether to answer the call when an
unknown number with a strange international dialing code popped up
on her telephone last year.
Luckily, she said, she answered it rather than do what she normally
does and divert it to voice mail.
Turns out the call was from former world number one Martina Hingis.
And she wanted to know if she would play doubles with her at the
tail end of 2016, including at the U.S. Open.
"I was thinking 'who the heck is calling from this foreign number'
and I usually don't answer my phone," the 25-year-old said courtside
after she beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-4 3-6 7-5 to advance to the fourth
round of the Australian Open singles.
"I could have sent Martina straight to my voice mail and that would
have been the highlight of my career."
As it transpired Vandeweghe went even further -- she turned down
Hingis, who has won five grand slam singles titles and 12 doubles
Vandeweghe had already committed to playing both the Cincinnati and
U.S. Open tournaments with other people and she did not want to let
So the answer was thanks, but no thanks. Until she had a
conversation with coach Craig Kardon.
"I told my coach 'hey Craig guess what? Martina just called me' and
he was like 'which Martina?', because he used to coach Navratilova
and I said 'no Hingis, Hingis called me'," Vandeweghe added.
"I told him that she asked me to play doubles and I told her 'no',
he said 'What? Are you kidding?'".
Vandeweghe did not require much more convincing and after contacting
the two other players she had committed to play with, she and Hingis
made the final in Cincinnati and then the semi-finals at Flushing
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Coco Vandeweghe of the U.S. celebrates winning her Women's singles
third round match against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard. REUTERS/Jason
They played twice more in Wuhan and Beijing last year and then
teamed up in Sydney before the season-opening grand slam, making the
The fifth seeds beat Jelena Jankovic and Yanina Wickmayer in the
first round and are scheduled to play Australia's Ashleigh Barty and
Casey Dellacqua in the second round, though Vandeweghe was mindful
of the effect the two hour, 21 minute match against Bouchard might
have on her.
"I think Martina is pissed because... I played just a bit too long
to be fresh for the doubles," the world number 35 in singles said
with a grin.
"But the first thing is to recover and be prepared as possible."
(Writing by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by Sudipto
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