Vandeweghe ‘swipes left’ on clay despite Stuttgart success

“Well, I’m stuck out here for a longer while than I intended to be,” she explained. “So, it’s more finding the pocket of when I can go home. That’s what my light at the end of the tunnel is…

“These tournaments outside of the Grand Slams, no matter what level, I’m working on something to make sure that I’m capable of having the best results during the Grand Slams, and Fed Cup as well, for me. Those two, Grand Slams and Fed Cup, are the most important things for me.

“And I compete hard out here to try to get my footing and find some rhythm to my tennis, because it’s nice to be finally playing consistently, where at the start of the year I really wasn’t. My schedule was very light just because I wasn’t healthy yet. So it’s nice to just be playing and competing.”

But even after earning three Top 10 wins in the same tournament for the first time in her career and with her fearsome serve clicking once more – she didn’t face a break point against Garcia, and Halep couldn’t break her serve – she’s still only got one strategy on clay:

“Pretty much I’m just surviving. It’s not rocket science for me. [Playing on clay] is like pulling teeth, but yeah. Slowly but surely I’m gaining confidence. But we can’t jump from 1 to 100 yet.”  

Vandeweghe will meet No.5 seed Karolina Pliskova in Sunday’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix final in Stuttgart.

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