Vandeweghe, Giron earn USTA wild cards for Australian Open

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CoCo Vandeweghe returns a shot to Sofia Kenin during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in New York. (Adam Hunger/AP Photo)

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Two-time Grand Slam semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe and Marcos Giron, the 2014 NCAA singles champion for UCLA, have earned main-draw berths at next year’s Australian Open via the U.S. Tennis Association’s wild-card challenge.

The USTA announced the results Monday.

Vandeweghe missed the 2019 Australian Open, part of about a 10-month absence from competition because of an injured right ankle.

Vandeweghe, who turns 28 in December, has been ranked as high as No. 10 and is currently 235th. She returned to the tour in July. She was a semifinalist at the Australian Open and U.S. Open in 2017.

The 26-year-old Giron clinched a wild card for Melbourne, where play begins on Jan. 20, by beating Ivo Karlovic in the final of the ATP Challenger event in Houston on Sunday.

That also boosted Giron’s ranking to 102nd, which means he is in line to get direct entry into the field. If that happens, Michael Mmoh would get the USTA wild card.

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