Donna Vekic is a Croatian player and one of the most interesting players on tour. The 5ft 10-inch (1.79 m) tall player has already enjoyed some success in her young career with two WTA titles. Her overall career record is 254-183. She is currently ranked as the 23rd best female tennis player in the world.
Donna’s father Igor and mother Brankica
Donna Vekic was born the 28th June 1996 to her parents Igor Vekic and Brankica Vekic in the city of Osijek, Croatia, a year after the end of the Croatian war. Her father, Igor was a footballer and played in Croatia while her mother Barnkica was an athlete running in 100m, 200m and 400m hurdles.
She also has a younger brother, Bruno who is also a footballer. Coming from a sporting family, a six-year-old Donna was an aspiring gymnast but she suffered an ankle injury during one of her practices.
She took up tennis and fell in love with the sport. After participating in some junior tournaments Donna turned pro in the year 2012. She reached the Tashkent Open finals in that same year becoming the youngest female tennis player to reach the finals of a WTA tournament since 2005, at sixteen years of age. In the year 2013, she broke into the top 100 world female player rankings. She would go on to win her first WTA title in the Kuala Lumpur open in the year 2014.
Love Life of Donna Vekic
Donna Vekic is currently single after breaking up with Swiss tennis superstar Stan Wawrinka. Donna Vekic had been dating the three-time Grand Slam champion since 2015 and their four-year relationship ended before the French Open this year. Their relationship had been in the limelight for some time since Stan Wawrinka divorced his wife Ilham Vuilloud before he started dating Donna. Though the reasons for their breakup are not clear, it is rumoured that their hectic tennis schedules were one of the reasons for their breakup since they were both a little too focused on their careers.
Donna was previously linked with Thanasi Kokkinakis as it was made (wildly) public by Nick Kyrgios during an (in)famous match against Wawrinka.
Donna has openly spoken about her busy schedule and how it puts a strain on any potential relationships she might get into. She has noted that sportspeople sometimes find it hard to balance their professional lives with their personal lives. Something she has come to understand and appreciate. We will continue to watch as Donna Vekic promising career continues to blossom as well as any updates on her love life.
Vekic at the U.S. Open, ranking, and results in 2019
Ranked no.23, Vekic has a 33-16 win-loss record in 2019. Vekic is playing at the moment at the U.S. Open where she bested Richel Hogenkamp 7-64 6-3, Kaia Kanepi 7-5 6-3, Yulia Putintseva 6-4 6-1 and Julia Goerges 6-75 7-5 6-3.
The Croatian will compete against Belinda Bencic in the quarter. The head to head is 2-1 for Bencic.
The last time that they competed against each other, Vekic won 6-4 6-1 in the 3rd round in Paris in 31st May 2019.
Vekic was the finalist in St. Petersburg and in Nottingham in 2019.