Donna Vekić

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Donna Vekić
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Vekić at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships
Country (sports)  Croatia
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 22)
Osijek, Croatia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro September 2012
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Torben Beltz
Prize money $2,307,346
Official website donnavekic.com
Singles
Career record 216–160 (57.45%)
Career titles 2 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest ranking No. 37 (6 August 2018)
Current ranking No. 41 (20 August 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2013, 2017, 2018)
French Open 3R (2015)
Wimbledon 4R (2018)
US Open 3R (2017)
Doubles
Career record 9–24
Career titles 0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 172 (13 August 2018)
Current ranking No. 172 (20 August 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2015, 2018)
French Open 2R (2018)
Wimbledon 1R (2014, 2016, 2017)
US Open 1R (2013, 2014, 2017)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 9–8
Last updated on: 20 August 2018.

Donna Vekić (Croatian pronunciation: [ʋěːkitɕ]; born 28 June 1996), is a Croatian professional tennis player. She has won two singles titles on the WTA Tour, winning the 2014 Malaysian Open and the 2017 Nottingham Open. She has also won five singles titles and one doubles title on the ITF Women's Circuit. Her best performance in a Grand Slam singles event was a fourth round appearance at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. On 6 August 2018, she achieved her best singles ranking of No. 37.

Professional career[edit]

Born in Osijek, Croatia, 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.[1]

2012–2013: First WTA Tour finals[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, and defeated by Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets.[2]

Vekić started her year off by entering the main draw of the 2013 Australian Open. She defeated Andrea Hlaváčková in the first round 6–1, 6–2. In the second round, Vekić fell to the tenth seed and former world No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki 1–6, 4–6.[3]

Seeded 16th for qualifying at the Sony Open Tennis, Vekić qualified for the main draw by defeating Marta Sirotkina and Valeria Savinykh. In the first round, she beat fellow qualifier Yulia Putintseva 7–6(4), 6–0. In the second round, Vekić lost to the 29th seed Elena Vesnina. At the Monterrey Open, Vekić defeated Julia Cohen in the first round. In the second round, she lost to the seventh seed Urszula Radwańska. Vekić won the 50k tournament in Istanbul defeating Elizaveta Kulichkova in the final.

2014: First WTA title[edit]

Vekić's 2014 season began with first-round losses in Shenzhen, the Australian Open and the Pattaya Open. At this point, her last tour win was at the 2013 Tashkent Open.

Vekić was awarded a wildcard at the 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, and then beat fellow qualifier Kimiko Date-Krumm in straight sets in round one of the main draw. In the second round, Vekić beat Svetlana Kuznetsova, also in straight sets, before losing to Petra Kvitová in round three. At the Monterrey Open, Vekić beat Garbiñe Muguruza in the first round in two tie-breaking sets,[4] but lost to Karolína Plíšková in the second round in three sets.

At the Malaysian Open, Vekić won her first career WTA title and had one of the biggest wins of her career when she defeated the world No. 10 Cibulková in a third set tie-breaker in the final.[5] 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).

2015: Fourth WTA final and French Open third round[edit]

Vekić started her year as the world No. 81. After a bad start to the 2015 season, she beat Louisa Chirico at Indian Wells but lost in the second round to Zarina Diyas. After her ranking dropped to No. 177, she entered the ITF event in Istanbul as the top seed, but lost in the quarterfinals to the 6th seed, Margarita Gasparyan. She lost in the first round in the WTA tournament in Marrakesh and in the second round in the Madrid Open.

In the French Open she claimed her first top-40 victory in the season when she beat Caroline Garcia, and also defeated Bojana Jovanovski before bowing out to Ana Ivanovic. After the French Open she continued her bad form from the first half of the season by failing to qualifying for Wimbledon or the US Open. In Tashkent she reached the final with three-set wins over Kiki Bertens, Carina Witthöft and Anna-Lena Friedsam and a two-set victory over Evgeniya Rodina, but lost 2–6, 2–6 to Nao Hibino. She ended her season ranked No. 105.

2016[edit]

Vekić began the season ranked 103. At the Australian Open, she lost 3–6, 2–6 in the first round to Japanese qualifier Naomi Osaka. She reached the quarterfinals of the San Antonio Open, with wins over Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Kiki Bertens, before losing to Tsvetana Pironkova. She lost in the first round of ten consecutive WTA tournaments from February to August, including the French Open, where she lost to Madison Keys, and Wimbledon, where she took Venus Williams to a first-set tie-break but lost in straight sets.

At the Cincinnati Masters in August, Vekić had victories over Varvara Lepchenko and Mariana Duque-Marino in qualifying, and defeated world No. 25 Ana Ivanovic 6–4, 6–2 in the first round, before losing to tenth seed Johanna Konta in the second round. She failed to progress through qualifying for the US Open. In September, she reached the final of the ITF tournament in Saint Petersburg, with wins over Olga Doroshina, Anastasiya Komardina, Vesna Dolonc and Aryna Sabalenka, before losing the final to Natalia Vikhlyantseva in straight sets. In Tashkent, she lost in the first round to Kateryna Kozlova. In Tianjin, after her victory over Kai-Lin Zhang, she lost to the second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

In October, at the ITF Sharm El Sheikh event, she had victories over Laura Pigossi, Jaqueline Cristian (walkover) and Arantxa Rus, before she beat Maria Sakkari in three sets in the semifinals to reach her second ITF final of the year. In the final, she defeated Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo 6–2, 6–7, 6–3, to win the fifth ITF title of her career. In Poitiers, she lost in the first round to Lauren Davis, while in Limoges she reached the third round, where she lost in three sets to world No. 24 and top-seed Caroline Garcia. Vekić ended the season ranked No. 101.

2017[edit]

She reached the second round at the Australian Open, where she lost 3–6, 1–6 to Caroline Wozniacki. Vekić won her second WTA title at the Nottingham Open in June, defeating Johanna Konta 2–6, 7–6, 7–5. Two weeks later, in the second round of the Wimbledon Championships, she lost to Konta 6–7, 6–4, 8–10. At the US Open, she reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since the 2015 French Open, losing 2–6, 3–6 to Anastasija Sevastova. On 25 September, she reached a new career-high singles ranking of world No. 45.

WTA finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–4)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2012 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard Romania Irina-Camelia Begu 4–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 Jun 2013 Birmingham Classic, UK International Grass Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Win 1–2 Apr 2014 Malaysian Open, Malaysia International Hard Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 5–7, 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 1–3 Sep 2015 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard Japan Nao Hibino 2–6, 2–6
Win 2–3 Jun 2017 Nottingham Open, UK International Grass United Kingdom Johanna Konta 2–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–5
Loss 2–4 Aug 2018 Washington Open, United States International Hard Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 6–7(7–9), 2–6

ITF finals (6–8)[edit]

Singles (5–8)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (5–7)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 18 April 2011 Hvar, Croatia Clay Bosnia and Herzegovina Ema Burgić 5–7, 6–7(2–7)
Winner 1. 25 July 2011 Chiswick, United Kingdom Hard Australia Bojana Bobusic 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 15 August 2011 Westende, Belgium Hard China Lu Jiajing 4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 3. 22 October 2011 Lagos, Nigeria Hard Ukraine Elina Svitolina 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 29 October 2011 Lagos, Nigeria Hard Belgium Tamaryn Hendler 4–6, 5–7
Winner 2. 24 March 2012 Bangalore, India Hard Chile Andrea Koch Benvenuto 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 21 April 2012 Namangan, Uzbekistan Hard Russia Olga Puchkova 6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 20 May 2012 Fergana, Uzbekistan Hard Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 22 July 2012 Campos do Jordão, Brazil Hard Argentina María Irigoyen 5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 7. 29 July 2012 Wrexham, United Kingdom Hard Germany Carina Witthöft 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 2–6
Winner 4. 28 April 2013 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Russia Elizaveta Kulichkova 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 8. 23 September 2016 Saint Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Russia Natalia Vikhlyantseva 1–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 23 October 2016 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard Spain Sara Sorribes Tormo 6–2, 6–7(7–9), 6–3

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. 20 August 2011 Westende, Belgium Hard United Kingdom Alexandra Walker Belgium Anouk Delefortrie
Belgium Déborah Kerfs
6–4, 6–3

Grand Slam performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Australian Open A 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3–6
French Open A 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R 3–6
Wimbledon A 1R 2R Q2 1R 2R 4R 5–5
US Open Q3 2R 1R Q2 Q3 3R 1R 3–4
Win–Loss 0–0 2–4 1–4 2–2 0–3 4–4 5–4 14–21

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Australian Open A 1R 2R A A 2R 2–3
French Open A 1R A A 1R 0–2
Wimbledon A 1R A 1R 1R 0–3
US Open 1R 1R A A 1R 0–3
Win–Loss 0–1 0–4 1–1 0–1 0–3 1–1 2–11

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
2015 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
R/R 4 February 2015 Budapest, Hungary Israel Israel Hard (i) Israel Julia Glushko W 6–2, 6–7(6–8), 7–5
5 February 2015 Latvia Latvia Latvia Jeļena Ostapenko L 3–6, 1–6
P/O 7 February 2015 Serbia Serbia Serbia Aleksandra Krunić L 1–6, 1–6

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

Wins over top-10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2014
1. Slovakia Dominika Cibulková No. 10 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard Final 5–7, 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
2017
2. United Kingdom Johanna Konta No. 8 Nottingham Open, Nottingham, Great Britain Grass Final 2–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–5
2018
3. United States Sloane Stephens No. 4 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 1st Round 6–1, 6–3
4. United States Sloane Stephens No. 9 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard (i) 1st Round 6–4, 6–4
5. France Caroline Garcia No. 4 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard (i) Quarterfinals 6–3, 6–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Za kraj još jedna pobjeda". Croatian Tennis Association (in Croatian). Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Vekić's breakthrough week in Tashkent". Women's Tennis Association. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Wozniacki defeats Vekic to enter 3rd round". News 18. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Muguruza se despide de Monterrey". Marca (in Spanish). 1 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Donna Vekic earns first WTA title". ESPN. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 

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