Re: Donna Vekic
Can't say I'm totally shocked by this result, but really glad that she made it through qualies this time around.
Puig is not that much more experienced (at 19, she is quite young herself), and she isn't ranked that much higher than Donna (156); not to mention that she prefers clay so on the indoor courts of Tashkent she, unlike Donna, couldn't be more out of place. In NY she lost to Fichmann who, at her current #212, is about 100 spots away from her best ever ranking, and she hasn't played any other events on faster surfaces since the middle of March.
Overall, already a great tournament for Donna, another milestone has been reached. A win in the main draw would've been great, but even the experience of playing a top 100 or even top 50 player would've been nice for her at this point, not to mention the sole participation in the main draw of an actual WTA event.
Good luck Donna!