Donna Vekić

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Donna Vekić
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Full name Donna Vekić
Country (sports)  Croatia
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 20)
Osijek, Croatia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro September 2012
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,230,460
Singles
Career record 166–125
Career titles 1 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest ranking 62 (15 July 2013)
Current ranking 90 (3 April 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2013, 2017)
French Open 3R (2015)
Wimbledon 2R (2014)
US Open 2R (2013)
Doubles
Career record 5–14
Career titles 0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking 310 (2 February 2015)
Current ranking 1,066 (6 February 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2015)
French Open 1R (2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2014, 2016)
US Open 1R (2013, 2014)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 7–7
Last updated on: 27 June 2016.

Donna Vekić (Croatian pronunciation: [ˈʋekiːt͡ɕ]; born 28 June 1996) is a Croatian tennis player.

Vekić has won one singles title on the WTA tour as well as five singles and one doubles title on the ITF circuit in her career. On 15 July 2013, she reached her best singles ranking of world no. 62. On 2 February 2015, she peaked at world no. 310 in the doubles rankings.

Osijek-born 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]

Professional career[edit]

2012: First WTA final[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.[2]

2013: Second WTA final[edit]

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 2nd round, Vekić fell to 10th seed and former world number 1, Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 6-4. [3]

Seeded 16th for qualifying at the 2013 Sony Open Tennis, Vekić qualified for the main draw by defeating Marta Sirotkina 6-2, 6-3 and Valeria Savinykh 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. In the 1st round, she beat fellow qualifier Yulia Putintseva 7-6(4), 6-0. In the 2nd round, Vekić lost to 29th seed Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-2. At the 2013 Monterrey Open, Vekić defeated Julia Cohen in the 1st round 6-0, 6-4. In the 2nd round, she lost to 7th seed Urszula Radwańska 6-4, 6-1. Vekić won the 50K tournament in Istanbul, Turkey defeating Elizaveta Kulichkova in the final 6-4, 7-6(4).

2014: First WTA title[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,[4] 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.[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[edit]

At the 2015 French Open, Vekić reached the thid round, losing in straight sets to Ana Ivanovic. At the 2015 Tashkent Open, Vekić made it to her fourth WTA Tour final.

WTA finals[edit]

Singles (1–3)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
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)
Runner-up 3. 28 September 2015 Tashkent Open, Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Japan Nao Hibino 2–6, 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. 17 October 2011 Lagos, Nigeria Hard Ukraine Elina Svitolina 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 24 October 2011 Lagos, Nigeria Hard Belgium Tamaryn Hendler 4–6, 5–7
Winner 2. 19 March 2012 Bangalore, India Hard Chile Andrea Koch Benvenuto 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 16 April 2012 Namangan, Uzbekistan Hard Russia Olga Puchkova 6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 14 May 2012 Fergana, Uzbekistan Hard Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 16 July 2012 Campos do Jordão, Brazil Hard Argentina María Irigoyen 5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 7. 23 July 2012 Wrexham, United Kingdom Hard Germany Carina Witthöft 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 2–6
Winner 4. 22 April 2013 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Russia Elizaveta Kulichkova 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 8. 24 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. 15 August 2011 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 2016 2017 W–L
Australian Open A 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2–5
French Open A 1R 1R 3R 1R 2–4
Wimbledon A 1R 2R Q2 1R 1–3
US Open Q3 2R 1R Q2 Q3 1–2
Win–Loss 0–0 2–4 1–4 2–2 0–3 1–1 6–14

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Australian Open A 1R 2R A 1–2
French Open A 1R A A 0–1
Wimbledon A 1R A 1R 0–1
US Open 1R 1R A N/A 0–2
Win–Loss 0–1 0–4 1–1 0–0 1–6

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 Cibulkova No. 10 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumour, Malaysia Hard Final 5–7, 7–5, 7–6 (7–4)

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. 
  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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