LAS VEGAS (Sept. 28, 2013) – Las Vegas loves the No. 21, and on Saturday night at the Party Rock Open the Vegas tennis fans celebrated with 21-year-old Southern Californian CoCo Vandeweghe, who shuffled into the final round of Redfoo’s USTA Women’s $50,000 Pro Circuit event with a dominating 6-1, 6-3 win over Georgia’s Anna Tatishivili at the Darling Tennis Center.
Vandeweghe will have to get past her junior rival Melanie Oudin if she is to walk away with the $7,600 singles prize money on Sunday as Oudin, born in 1991 like Vandeweghe, knocked out 17-year-old Japanese amateur Mayo Hibi, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, in a tight match that ended on two consecutive net cords in favor of Oudin.
“I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Oudin, who was receiving serve at 6-5. “Mayo is a great player and she played amazing. She makes you make errors.”
Vandeweghe, who has never faced Oudin as a pro, was all smiles after winning the first semifinal of the day. “It’s definitely a great atmosphere out here,” she said. “It’s a lot like World Team Tennis that they play music between games. I’m feeling good and staying positive out there on court. So I can’t complain at the moment.”
Being interviewed by co-tournament director Jordan Butler after her match, Vandeweghe told the crowd she hasn’t had much time to play the tables or slots in Vegas’ casinos. Not yet, at least.
“I’ve been playing some late matches so I haven’t been able to go out and enjoy Vegas yet, but I’m planning to stick around an extra day or two and see the Strip and have some fun,” Vandeweghe said.
Vandeweghe, who split with her coach Jan-Michael Gambill this past summer, brought along good friend and supporter Vaclav Burger, who has helped her scout her opponents all week.
“I was by myself last week and I actually tried to get my brother Beau to come out and see me,” Vandeweghe said. “He said he’d come to Vegas so he’s working on that flight right now and plans to be here.”
Vandeweghe will also contest the doubles final on Sunday as she and Austrian partner Tamira Paszek, the No. 2-seeded team take on the U.S. pair of Denise Mursean and Caitlin Whoriskey in the match following the singles final.
The Party Rock Open is Las Vegas’ only professional tennis tournament, and is named for LMFAO’s Redfoo and his Party Rock franchise’s title sponsorship.
Semifinal Singles Scores
CoCo Vandeweghe (US)  def. Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 6-1, 6-3
Melanie Oudin (US) def. Mayo Hibi (JPN) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
Sunday’s Singles Final Schedule
Stadium Court, starting at 1 p.m.
CoCo Vandeweghe (US)  vs. Melanie Oudin (US)
Doubles final to follow
Denise Mursean (US) / Caitlin Whoriskey (US) vs. Tamira Paszek (AUT) / CoCo Vandeweghe (US)