If things go according to form, guess who Serena will play in the semifinal round? Yes, indeed, Maria. Maria is through past Diyas, and next on the docket is the well-known C. Vandeweghe of the USA, who defeated Safarova, merely ranked sixth in the world.
Wait a minute, WHO? (Coco) And how many Vandeweghes are there in the world, anyway? Turns out, not so many. She is part of the athletic Vandeweghe family - her mother is Tauna, who was a world-class swimmer AND volleyball player, and her uncle is thus Kiki, NBA pro, and her grandfather is also a former New York Knickerbocker. Speaking of genetics, it just so happens that her grandmother was Miss America in 1952.
So I guess I should say that the Vandeweghes are well-known, even if Coco isn't. Yet. If she knocks off Sharapova, that will change.
Coco Vandeweghe links:
Tauna Vandeweghe (Wikipedia)
Former Miss America Vandeweghe left a legacy of family and faith
An athletic temper all her own
Suddenly, this syllable fest has become must-watch tennis.
But wait, there's more. Unfortunately, Caro Wozniacki, who has yet to get to the semifinals of a Grand Slam this year (and is running out of chances), lost to 20th-seed Muguruza. There's a lot of syllables available in the Muguruza-Bacsinszky match -- though perhaps Muguruza can lend Bacsinszky a badly-needed vowel.
And American Madison Keys, who is better known than Coco Vandeweghe at this point, is also through to the quarters, along with Radwanska, who I think should win a Grand Slam eventually.
A lot depends on when Serena stops winning them. And I don't think she's planning on stopping yet.