Donna Vekić

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Donna Vekić
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Vekić at the 2013 US Open
Full name Donna Vekić
Country  Croatia
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 18)
Osijek, Croatia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro September 2012
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $619,753
Singles
Career record 103–60
Career titles 1 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking 62 (15 July 2013)
Current ranking 85 (19 January 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2013)
French Open 1R (2013, 2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2014)
US Open 2R (2013)
Doubles
Career record 4–10
Career titles 0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking 640 (22 December 2014)
Current ranking 646 (19 January 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2015)
French Open 1R (2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2014)
US Open 1R (2013, 2014)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 6–5
Last updated on: 19 January 2015.

Donna Vekić (born 28 June 1996 in Osijek) is a Croatian tennis player.

Vekić has won one singles title on the WTA tour as well as four singles and one doubles title on the ITF circuit in her career. On 15 July 2013, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 62. On 22 December 2014, she peaked at world number 640 in the doubles rankings.

Vekić won the Croatian national junior championships in 2011.[1][2]

Vekić is a member of the Croatia Fed Cup team and in February 2012 played three rubbers at the tournament, including helping her country to a 2–0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.[3]

Professional career[edit]

2012[edit]

At the 2012 Tashkent Open, Vekić made it to her first WTA Tour final, it was her first main draw appearance at a WTA tournament. She was the youngest player in six years to make it to a WTA final. She was, however, defeated by Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets.[4]

2013[edit]

Vekić started her year off by entering the main draw of the 2013 Australian Open. She defeated Andrea Hlaváčková in the first round before falling to the tenth seed and former world number 1, Caroline Wozniacki, in the second round. At the 2013 French Open, Vekić lost her first match to Mallory Burdette. Following Roland Garros, Vekić competed at the Aegon Classic. There, Vekić made it all the way to the final, defeating number 8 seed Urszula Radwańska in the second round, number 3 seed Sorana Cîrstea in the quarterfinals and 2009 Aegon Classic champion Magdaléna Rybáriková in the semifinals. She fell to former world number 5 Daniela Hantuchová in the final in straight sets.[5]

At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, Vekić lost in the first round to Petra Cetkovská in straight sets. At the US Open, she defeated Mariana Duque in the first round before falling to Simona Halep in the second.

2014[edit]

The beginning of Vekić's 2014 season started as 2013 had ended, with first round losses in Shenzhen, the Australian Open (in women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles), and at the Pattaya Open. At this point, her last tour win was at the 2013 Tashkent Open.

Vekić was awarded a wild card at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, defeating qualifier Olivia Rogowska in the first round before losing in round two to 12th seed Dominika Cibulková. At the Sony Open in Miami, she came through qualifying with wins over Alla Kudryavtseva and Johanna Larsson to face fellow qualifier Kimiko Date-Krumm in round one of the main draw, a match in which the young Croat won in straight sets. In the second round, Vekić faced Svetlana Kuznetsova, beating the Russian 28th seed in straight sets too, before bowing out to Petra Kvitová in round three. At the Monterrey Open in Mexico, Vekić beat Garbiñe Muguruza in the first round in two tie-breaking sets,[6] but lost to Karolína Plíšková in the second round in three sets.

At the 2014 Malaysian Open, Vekić won her first career WTA title and had one of the biggest wins of her career when she defeated the world number 10, Dominika Cibulková in a third set tie-breaker in the final.[7] On her way to the final, she won three of her four matches after losing the first set (against Chan Yung-jan, Kristýna Plíšková and Zhang Shuai).

WTA finals[edit]

Singles (1–2)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 September 2012 Tashkent Open, Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Romania Irina-Camelia Begu 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 16 June 2013 Aegon Classic, Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Winner 1. 20 April 2014 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 5–7, 7–5, 7–6(7–4)

ITF finals (5–7)[edit]

Singles (4–7)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (4–6)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 18 April 2011 Croatia Hvar, Croatia Clay Bosnia and Herzegovina Ema Burgić 5–7, 6–7(2–7)
Winner 1. 25 July 2011 United Kingdom Chiswick, United Kingdom Hard Australia Bojana Bobusic 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 15 August 2011 Belgium Westende, Belgium Hard China Lu Jiajing 4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 3. 17 October 2011 Nigeria Lagos, Nigeria Hard Ukraine Elina Svitolina 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 24 October 2011 Nigeria Lagos, Nigeria Hard Belgium Tamaryn Hendler 4–6, 5–7
Winner 2. 19 March 2012 India Bangalore, India Hard Chile Andrea Koch Benvenuto 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 16 April 2012 Uzbekistan Namangan, Uzbekistan Hard Russia Olga Puchkova 6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 14 May 2012 Uzbekistan Fergana, Uzbekistan Hard Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 16 July 2012 Brazil Campos do Jordão, Brazil Hard Argentina María Irigoyen 5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 7. 23 July 2012 United Kingdom Wrexham, United Kingdom Hard Germany Carina Witthöft 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 2–6
Winner 4. 22 April 2013 Turkey Istanbul, Turkey Hard Russia Elizaveta Kulichkova 6–4, 7–6(7–4)

Doubles (1–0)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 15 August 2011 Belgium Westende, Belgium Hard United Kingdom Alexandra Walker Belgium Anouk Delefortrie
Belgium Déborah Kerfs
6–4, 6–3

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 1R 1R 1–3
French Open A 1R 1R N/A 0–2
Wimbledon A 1R 2R N/A 1–2
US Open Q3 2R 1R N/A 1–2
Win–Loss 0–0 2–4 1–4 0–1 3–9

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 2R 1–1
French Open A 1R N/A 0–1
Wimbledon A 1R N/A 0–1
US Open 1R 1R N/A 0–2
Win–Loss 0–1 0–4 1–0 1–5

Fed Cup participation[edit]

Singles[edit]

Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Opponent W/L Score
2012 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
R/R 2 February 2012 Eilat, Israel Poland Poland Hard Poland Urszula Radwańska L 3–6, 3–6
P/O 4 February 2012 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Anita Husarić W 6–2, 6–0
2013 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
R/R 6 February 2013 Eilat, Israel Austria Austria Hard Austria Yvonne Meusburger W 6–1, 6–3
7 February 2013 Georgia (country) Georgia Georgia (country) Margalita Chakhnashvili W 6–0, 6–1
8 February 2013 Belarus Belarus Belarus Ilona Kremen W 6–1, 7–6(7–2)
P/O 9 February 2013 Poland Poland Poland Agnieszka Radwańska L 3–6, 2–6
2014 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
R/R 4 February 2014 Budapest, Hungary Netherlands Netherlands Hard (i) Netherlands Kiki Bertens L 2–6, 4–6
5 February 2014 Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg Anne Kremer W 6–1, 6–2
7 February 2014 Belgium Belgium Belgium Yanina Wickmayer L 3–6, 2–6
P/O 9 February 2014 Turkey Turkey Turkey Melis Sezer W 6–2, 6–1

Doubles[edit]

Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Partner Opponents W/L Score
2012 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
R/R 2 February 2012 Eilat, Israel Poland Poland Hard Croatia Ani Mijačika Poland Magda Linette
Poland Alicja Rosolska
L 5–7, 5–7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Donna Vekić i Mate Delić najbolji". Croatian Tennis Association (in Croatian). Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Delić i Vekić prvaci Hrvatske". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 6 May 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Za kraj još jedna pobjeda". Croatian Tennis Association (in Croatian). Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Vekić's breakthrough week in Tashkent". Women's Tennis Association. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hantuchová conquers Birmingham". Women's Tennis Association. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Muguruza se despide de Monterrey". Marca (in Spanish). 1 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Donna Vekic earns first WTA title". ESPN. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 

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