Donna Vekic of Croatia has shown tremendous resolve and patience in her progress on the WTA tour , once ranked a career high of 62 in 2013 as an 16 year old Having finished finalist here in 2012, Vekic captured her first title at Kuala Lumpur winning the Malaysian Open in 2014 . Her rankings fell as rapidly as he made them and she moved out top 100 for the first time this year.
Currently ranked 137 Vekic feels that she has taken wins and losses in her stride and says she looks at what has gone wrong in a positive way . Vekic says she wants to consolidate not only her ranking but her game as well in the coming year .
Vekic who reached her second quarterfinal on the WTA Tour this year knocked out second seeded Carina Witthoeft of Germany in Three sets , she spoke to the Tashkent Open Media Team after her win today
Q. About her match today ?
A. I'm very happy that I won and am on course in Tashkent , I managed to find my way after I lost the first set. I was confident and played solidly to set up a win
Q. You have been a regular at Tashkent , did it play a role in your win today ?
A . Yes I always play well here in Tashkent , I always have played some good matches here and happy to come back. I like the courts and the bounce and am comfortable , surely my past experience here helped me today.
Q. How has been the year for you are you satisfied with yourself?
A. It has not been easy at all , I had to go through the grind playing the ITF events as I lost my rankings , but I'm working hard and getting better every day , I just finish this year and get ready for next season.
Q. It must have been tough for you going back to ITF events from the Bigger stage ?
A. Actually I was very young and I was sixteen when I reached the final here in 2012 and had some good results , suddenly there were lot of expecytations from me and everyone was looking forward to win from me every week , I was under a lot of pressure and lot of expectations. I always felt My ranking were there but game wise I was not there , I needed to play more matches to be there.
Q. You must have been down mentally ?
A. Yes It was tough for me to carry the pressure , but I realized I have build a strong game to be on the top and stay there. This is happening now and I'm more convinced about my game , I played third round at French Open for the first time this year and felt confident . I believe that what has happened to my rankings now and the way I'm working towards regaining it will be good for me in the long turn
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