CoCo Vandeweghe smashes, destroys her racket at US Open

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Thursday, September 3, 2015
CoCo Vandeweghe smashed her racket during the second round of the U.S. Open and then smashed it once more after reaction from the crowd.

NEW YORK -- Bethanie Mattek-Sands may have defeated CoCo Vandeweghe in the second round of the U.S. Open Wednesday, but Vandeweghe's racket didn't stand a chance.

The 45th-ranked 23-year-old was the favorite to beat 101st-ranked Mattek-Sands, but she fell behind 5-0 in the first set. In a rage she slammed her racket into a chair and then repeatedly on the court, bending it. Hearing the crowd's reaction, she raised her arms and stood, giving the racket one final smash.

Vandeweghe had a sense of humor about the ordeal. When a podiatrist made a joke about her being angry because she was hungry -- a play on Snickers' slogan -- she said it was a good joke.

Mattek-Sands will go on to play Serena Williams in the third round.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.