Interview of the Day - Donna Vekic

30 September 2015

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  

Tashkent has special place for me , I  love the supporters I played the finals here when I was  16 and always  pleasure to be here ,  I should mention that the event is getting better every year.

Irina-Camelia
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Date of Birth: 26 Aug 1990
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Height: 5’ 11" (1.81 m)
Plays: RIght-handed
WTA Singles Ranking – 58 (As of August 14, 2017)



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