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WTA Rising Stars Preview: Donna Vekic

Jul 04, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
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She turned pro at the age of 14. At 16-years-old she became the youngest player in six year to appear in a WTA final (Tashkent, 2012). She won her first professional title at 17 in Kuala Lumpur by defeating Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova. At 18-years-old she reached the third round of Roland Garros.

Now 21-years-old, Donna Vekic recently celebrated her second career title in Nottingham. She posted a thrilling 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 comeback win over local favourite and world no. 8 Johanna Konta in the final.

Vekic started the year at no. 97 and has risen to a career-high no. 58 this summer, jumping 39 spots up the rankings in five months.

Year-to-date big wins include Johanna Konta, Lucie Safarova, Yulia Putintseva, and Jelena Ostapenko.

Self-described as “strong-willed, determined and extremely competitive,” she is a force to be reckoned with now and in the future. Vekic is among the top servers in the women’s game. Through 24 matches she’s hit 91 aces and is winning 66% of her service games. Her game is not limited to good serving – Vekic has also converted on 50% of her break point opportunities to date.

Vekic has been vocal on her struggles and her recent rise back into form, stating just how tough it is for young players to deal with the pressure to win. After dipping out of the Top 100 for a few years, Vekic’s fellow young gun Belinda Bencic’s summer run in 2015, which included the Rogers Cup title in Toronto, inspired Vekic back into the form that saw her make history at a young age.

With booming confidence, Vekic could become a handful for opponents this summer. Her deepest run at a Premier tournament came in Miami in 2014. She made it out of qualifying and enjoyed a run to the third round before falling to Petra Kvitova. The run included a win over Svetlana Kuznetsova.