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Donna Vekić (Croatian pronunciation: [ʋěːkitɕ];[1] born 28 June 1996) is a Croatian professional tennis player. She has won two singles titles on the WTA Tour: 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 reaching the quarter-finals at the 2019 US Open. On 21 October 2019, she made it to the Top 20 of WTA Ranking, at number 20.

Donna Vekić
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Vekić at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships
Country (sports) Croatia
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 23)
Osijek, Croatia
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned proSeptember 2012
PlaysRight (double-handed backhand)
CoachTorben Beltz
Prize money$3,439,286
Official websitedonnavekic.com
Singles
Career record254–183 (58.1%)
Career titles2 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 19 (4 November 2019)
Current rankingNo. 19 (4 November 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2013, 2017, 2018, 2019)
French Open4R (2019)
Wimbledon4R (2018)
US OpenQF (2019)
Doubles
Career record12–26 (31.6%)
Career titles1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 171 (20 August 2018)
Current rankingNo. 222 (26 August 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2015, 2018)
French Open2R (2018)
Wimbledon1R (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
US Open1R (2013, 2014, 2017)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2014)
Wimbledon2R (2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup11–8
Last updated on: 31 August 2019.

Professional careerEdit

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

2012–2013: First WTA Tour finalsEdit

At the 2012 Tashkent Open, Vekić made it to her first final on the WTA Tour. It was her first main-draw appearance at a WTA tournament, and she was the youngest player in six years to make it to the final of a WTA event. She was defeated by Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets.[3]

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.[4]

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, 6–0. In the second round, she 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 seventh seed Urszula Radwańska. Vekić won the 50K tournament in Istanbul defeating Elizaveta Kulichkova in the final. Vekic ended the 2013 season ranked No. 86, her first top 100 season.

2014: First WTA titleEdit

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 wild card for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where she defeated qualifier Olivia Rogowska in the first round before losing 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,[5] 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.[6] 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). She ended the season ranked No. 84.

2015: Fourth WTA final and French Open third roundEdit

Vekić began 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 sixth 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 the season ranked No. 105.

2016Edit

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 Zhang Kailin, she lost to the second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

In October, at the ITF Sharm El Sheikh, 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 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.

2017Edit

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 in three sets. 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. Vekić broke into the world top 50 for the first time in July, reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 45 on 25 September, and ended the season ranked No. 56.

2018Edit

In September, Vekić reached the semifinals in Tokyo by defeating top-10 players Sloane Stephens and Caroline Garcia. She ended the season ranked No. 34, her first year-end top 50 ranking.

WTA finalsEdit

Singles: 8 (2 titles, 6 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (2–5)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–4)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2012 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard   Irina-Camelia Begu 4–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 Jun 2013 Birmingham Classic, United Kingdom International Grass   Daniela Hantuchová 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Win 1–2 Apr 2014 Malaysian Open, Malaysia International Hard   Dominika Cibulková 5–7, 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 1–3 Sep 2015 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard   Nao Hibino 2–6, 2–6
Win 2–3 Jun 2017 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom International Grass   Johanna Konta 2–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–5
Loss 2–4 Aug 2018 Citi Open, United States International Hard   Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 6–7(7–9), 2–6
Loss 2–5 Feb 2019 St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, Russia Premier Hard (i)   Kiki Bertens 6–7(2–7), 4–6
Loss 2–6 Jun 2019 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom International Grass   Caroline Garcia 6–2, 6–7(4–7), 6–7(4–7)

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 13 (5 titles, 8 runner–ups)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)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2011 ITF Hvar, Croatia 10,000 Clay   Ema Burgić 5–7, 6–7(2–7)
Win 1–1 Jul 2011 ITF Chiswick, United Kingdom 10,000 Hard   Bojana Bobusic 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Loss 1–2 Aug 2011 ITF Westende, Belgium 10,000 Hard   Lu Jiajing 4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 1–3 Oct 2011 ITF Lagos, Nigeria 25,000 Hard   Elina Svitolina 4–6, 3–6
Loss 1–4 Oct 2011 ITF Lagos, Nigeria 25,000 Hard   Tamaryn Hendler 4–6, 5–7
Win 2–4 Mar 2012 ITF Bangalore, India 25,000 Hard   Andrea Koch Benvenuto 6–2, 6–4
Loss 2–5 Apr 2012 ITF Namangan, Uzbekistan 25,000 Hard   Olga Puchkova 6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Win 3–5 May 2012 ITF Fergana, Uzbekistan 25,000 Hard   Nadiia Kichenok 6–2, 6–2
Loss 3–6 Jul 2012 ITF Campos do Jordão, Brazil 25,000 Hard   María Irigoyen 5–7, 0–6
Loss 3–7 Jul 2012 ITF Wrexham, United Kingdom 25,000 Hard   Carina Witthöft 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 2–6
Win 4–7 Apr 2013 ITF Istanbul, Turkey 50,000 Hard   Elizaveta Kulichkova 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 4–8 Sep 2016 ITF Saint Petersburg, Russia 100,000 Hard (i)   Natalia Vikhlyantseva 1–6, 2–6
Win 5–8 Oct 2016 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 100,000 Hard   Sara Sorribes Tormo 6–2, 6–7(7–9), 6–3

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Aug 2011 ITF Westende, Belgium 10,000 Hard   Alexandra Walker   Anouk Delefortrie
  Déborah Kerfs
6–4, 6–3

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic Games are included in Win–Loss records.

This table is current through the 2019 WTA Elite Trophy.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 0 / 7 4–7 36%
French Open A 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R 4R 0 / 7 6–7 46%
Wimbledon A 1R 2R Q2 1R 2R 4R 1R 0 / 6 5–6 45%
US Open Q3 2R 1R Q2 Q3 3R 1R QF 0 / 5 7–5 58%
Win–Loss 0–0 2–4 1–4 2–2 0–3 4–4 5–4 8–4 0 / 25 22–25 47%
Year-End championships
WTA Finals Did not qualify 0 / 0 0–0  – 
WTA Elite Trophy[1] Did not qualify RR 0 / 1 0–2 0%
National representation
Summer Olympics A Not Held A Not Held 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 0 / 6 3–6 33%
Miami Open A 2R 3R Q1 Q2 1R 3R 3R 0 / 5 6–5 55%
Madrid Open A Q1 Q2 Q2 Q1 2R 2R 3R 0 / 3 4–3 57%
China Open A A Q1 A A 1R 3R 1R 0 / 3 2–3 40%
Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Opens[2] A A A A 2R A 1R 1R 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Italian Open A A A A Q1 1R 2R A 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Canadian Open A A Q1 Q1 Q1 2R A 2R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Cincinnati Open A Q1 Q1 A 2R 1R Q2 3R 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Pan Pacific / Wuhan Opens[3] A A 1R A A 1R 2R 1R 0 / 4 1–4 20%
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 12 19 10 16 22 25 23 128
Titles 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
Finals 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 8
Overall Win–Loss 4–1 12–12 12–18 10–10 4–16 16–21 32–24 34–24 2 / 128 124–126 50%
Year-end Ranking[4] 118 86 84 105 101 56 34 $3,958,741

Notes

  • 1 WTA Tournament of Champions was held from 2009 to 2014, when WTA Elite Trophy replaced it.
  • 2 The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Open since 2009. Dubai was classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009–2011 before being succeeded by Doha for the 2012–2014 period. In 2015, Dubai regained its Premier 5 status while Doha was demoted to Premier status. The two tournaments have since alternated status every year.
  • 3 In 2014, the Pan Pacific Open was downgraded to a Premier event and replaced by the Wuhan Open.
  • 4 2011: WTA Ranking–392.

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Australian Open A 1R 2R A A 2R 1R 2–4
French Open A 1R A A 1R 2R A 1–3
Wimbledon A 1R A 1R 1R 1R A 0–4
US Open 1R 1R A A 1R A A 0–3
Win–Loss 0–1 0–4 1–1 0–1 0–3 2–3 0–1 3–14

Fed Cup participationEdit

SinglesEdit

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 Hard   Urszula Radwańska L 3–6, 3–6
P/O 4 February 2012   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 Hard   Yvonne Meusburger W 6–1, 6–3
7 February 2013   Georgia   Margalita Chakhnashvili W 6–0, 6–1
8 February 2013   Belarus   Ilona Kremen W 6–1, 7–6(7–2)
P/O 9 February 2013   Poland   Agnieszka Radwańska L 3–6, 2–6
2014 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
R/R 4 February 2014 Budapest, Hungary   Netherlands Hard (i)   Kiki Bertens L 2–6, 4–6
5 February 2014   Luxembourg   Anne Kremer W 6–1, 6–2
7 February 2014   Belgium   Yanina Wickmayer L 3–6, 2–6
P/O 9 February 2014   Turkey   Melis Sezer W 6–2, 6–1
2015 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
R/R 4 February 2015 Budapest, Hungary   Israel Hard (i)   Julia Glushko W 6–2, 6–7(6–8), 7–5
5 February 2015   Latvia   Jeļena Ostapenko L 3–6, 1–6
P/O 7 February 2015   Serbia   Aleksandra Krunić L 1–6, 1–6
2017 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
R/R 8 February 2017 Tallinn, Estonia   Bosnia and Herzegovina Hard (i)   Jelena Simić W 6–2, 6–1
10 February 2017   Hungary   Dalma Gálfi W 6–2, 6–0
P/O 11 February 2017   Great Britain   Heather Watson L 2–6, 4–6
2019 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
R/R 6 February 2019 Bath, Great Britain   Turkey Hard (i)   Pemra Özgen W 7–6, 6–3
8 February 2019   Serbia   Aleksandra Krunić W 1–6, 7–5, 6–1

DoublesEdit

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 Hard   Ani Mijačika   Magda Linette
  Alicja Rosolska
L 5–7, 5–7

Wins over top-10 playersEdit

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd. Score
2014
1.   Dominika Cibulková No. 10 Malaysian Open, Malaysia Hard F 5–7, 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
2017
2.   Johanna Konta No. 8 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom Grass F 2–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–5
2018
3.   Sloane Stephens No. 4 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass 1R 6–1, 6–3
4.   Sloane Stephens No. 9 Pan Pacific Open, Japan Hard (i) 1R 6–4, 6–4
5.   Caroline Garcia No. 4 Pan Pacific Open, Japan Hard (i) QF 6–3, 6–4
2019
6.   Kiki Bertens No. 9 Brisbane International, Australia Hard 2R 7–6(7–5), 1–6, 7–5
7.   Petra Kvitová No. 2 St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, Russia Hard QF 6–4, 6–1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "vèlik". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 8 October 2018. Vékić
  2. ^ "Za kraj još jedna pobjeda". Croatian Tennis Association (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Vekić's breakthrough week in Tashkent". Women's Tennis Association. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Wozniacki defeats Vekic to enter 3rd round". News 18. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Muguruza se despide de Monterrey". Marca (in Spanish). 1 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Donna Vekic earns first WTA title". ESPN. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014.

External linksEdit