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Old Sep 14th, 2012, 12:46 PM   #1
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So what is Donna Vekic doing that the other junior players are not?

She's in the final of a WTA tour event at 16. What is she doing that Daria Gavrilova, Carolina Garcia, Noppawan Lertcheewakaran, Marcela Zacarias, etc., are not?
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Old Sep 14th, 2012, 12:52 PM   #2
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Re: So what is Donna Vekic doing that the other junior players are not?

She just likes playing seniors and knows to rise her level against these women. She's very mature and developed for her age which is making transition much easier for her. Others will get there too but just need some more time.

BTW except Garcia, the other girls you mentioned are just not good.
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Re: So what is Donna Vekic doing that the other junior players are not?

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She just likes playing seniors and knows to rise her level against these women. She's very mature and developed for her age which is making transition much easier for her. Others will get there too but just need some more time.
I agree. BlueTrees posted her interview in Croatian few months ago. I couldn't believe that she's so young. Mature, ambitious, but at the same time down to earth girl with realistic goals.
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Old Sep 14th, 2012, 01:12 PM   #4
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Re: So what is Donna Vekic doing that the other junior players are not?

I just saw 15 minuts of her play yesterday... But in a WTA Finale 16 y old she may be a talent like Caro or Hingis...

Or Lucic or Tamira... who won at 15 or 16 y old...
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Re: So what is Donna Vekic doing that the other junior players are not?

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Old Sep 14th, 2012, 02:50 PM   #7
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Re: So what is Donna Vekic doing that the other junior players are not?

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I just saw 15 minuts of her play yesterday... But in a WTA Finale 16 y old she may be a talent like Caro or Hingis...

Or Lucic or Tamira... who won at 15 or 16 y old...
Lucic is specific story. From her interviews you can see that Donna really doesn't worry abour anything but tennis.
Her coach is planning every single day for her and she's just out there and enjoying it, she doesn't even know what's her next tournament.
On the other hand Lucic had to deal with a lot more.
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Re: So what is Donna Vekic doing that the other junior players are not?

Probably the right mix between determination and dealing with pressure.
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Old Sep 14th, 2012, 03:00 PM   #9
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Re: So what is Donna Vekic doing that the other junior players are not?

she can hold her nerve, while the others crumble. For instance, the youngsters would collapse after losing the second set but she went right to work and brushed birnerova aside easily.
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Re: So what is Donna Vekic doing that the other junior players are not?

^^ this, she has the right mentality. and she learns from her losses. she lost a few weeks ago in u.s. open qualifying to gallovits after being 6-2 2-0 up. the same could have happened easily today, but she regrouped and won the third comfortably.
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Re: So what is Donna Vekic doing that the other junior players are not?

I think her scheduling has been really good. She's received some criticism for "whoring" weaker $25Ks, but it's helped her amass a lot of wins to boost her confidence, then she comes to Tashkent, which is also a relatively weak field, and she's taking full advantage. The way she's doing things is actually the way I would've liked to see Laura do things. Instead I feel Laura went too much too soon by accepting wild cards into tournaments where almost all the players in the draw were beyond her reach, at that point. I'm not sure, but I bet Vekic has more wins on the pro circuit than Laura already.
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Old Sep 14th, 2012, 03:36 PM   #13
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Re: So what is Donna Vekic doing that the other junior players are not?

All those $25ks in Uzbekestan, Brazil and Nigeria have helped. Some may call it whoring up weak events, but there's nothing like winning matches to build a player's confidence and acquire a winning mentality.
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Re: So what is Donna Vekic doing that the other junior players are not?

garcia is a waster, nok needs to learn to serve...
donna rules yeah
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Re: So what is Donna Vekic doing that the other junior players are not?

Sometimes other players are very nervous playing a young player.
I remember Kutuzova at 14 winning main draw matches at a Premier.
Thats not always a predicter of how well their career will go.
There's no pressure on the young player, like Garcia vs Sharapova.

The sport's mental, and this is a great week, but not a predicter of her future
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