The Croatian Donna Vekic, ranked 33rd in the WTA ranking, will be Nadia Podoroska’s next rival (45th) for the second round of the Australian Open.
Born in the city of Osijek, the fourth largest in the entire Balkan country, Vekic began her love of tennis at a very young age. “I am a tennis fanatic and I love this sport since I was little, which I started playing,” she told the site “Behind The Racquet” in mid-2020. “There is no better experience than playing a night Grand Slam match with all the track full of fans. I am privileged to dedicate myself to this sport “, he expanded on his fanaticism.
During his early days, his career suffered from ups and downs in which he struggled to obtain glittering triumphs on the ITF circuit. “I remember a time when I reaped defeat after defeat. I was about 16 years old and I managed to string up to seven defeats in a row. I thought it was useless to be a tennis player,” said the Croatian who came to question whether she really had a career in sport.
At just 16 years old and after several triumphs in ITF tournaments, it was time to enter the Top 100 in 2013 and to achieve her first WTA title in 2014 (Malaysia Open) by defeating a Top 10 in the final: Dominika Cibulkova. Despite these laurels that she began to achieve in her youth and positioning herself as one of the young promises of women’s tennis, the media pressure played a trick on her. “Every time I got a good result in some tournament, in the following ones I lowered my performance because I had a lot of pressure. I feel as if I had not enjoyed tennis when I was between 18 and 20 years old. Everyone expected me to win great things, but very few people in tennis end up getting it “described the Croatian to the site” Behind The Racquet “.
Although after those moments she could only lift one more trophy (Nottingham 2017, defeating Johanna Konta in the final), the Croatian knew how to settle in the lot of the best 50 tennis players in the world and had an outstanding performance in the US Open 2019, in which he reached the quarterfinals.
In addition, Vekic made headlines during 2015 when he began a relationship with Stan Wawrinka, which lasted until mid-2019 and in which the Croatian stated that “repeated lies and emotional betrayals finally completely destroyed the trust she had in him.”