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Comments by Donna Vekić’s father Igor, after she lost in the first round in Pattaya, on the difficult times she’s had of late. Quoted in “Donna hasn’t tasted the sweetness of the second round for five months” by Anton Filić of Croatian newspaper Večernji List.
“Certainly, that’s not a result we can be satisfied with—Donna herself isn’t satisfied. But every match is a different story. After the Fed Cup in Budapest, she’d travelled a long way and didn’t manage to adapt. And the conditions are difficult in Thailand.”
On her 1-6 1-6 loss to Aleksandra Krunić in Fed Cup:
“Donna missed seven game points. I can’t say she would have won if she’d taken advantage of one of those chances, but she played a high quality match. Donna’s simply going through a period every young sportsman or sportswoman goes through. It’s unrealistic to expect the results to always be improving; down periods are normal. But she’s surrounded by top experts—above all, her coaches John Evert and Iva Majoli—and they’ll surely know the best way to help her. It’s unnecessary to put added pressure on Donna by talking about her poor results.”
Donna won’t play until Indian Wells, but will spend time at the Evert Academy in Boca Raton, Florida (where Ivanišević and Čilić will also be training) to prepare for that tournament.
I think she falls under the "works in progress" category.With Madison Keys turning 20-years-old earlier this month, it's time to take a look at the current crop of youngsters on the ATP and WTA Tours. From the top teens of Nick Kyrgios and Belinda Bencic to the more under-the-radar youth toiling away in the lower echelons of the tours, here are the names to know for the 2015 season.
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Current ranking: No. 84
By virtue of being coached by Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate during her early WTA days, Vekic has been a part of the hype machine for years. At 17 she reached her career-high at No. 62 in 2013. After winning her first WTA title last year in Kuala Lumpur she became the first woman under 18 to win a WTA title since 2006. With Madison Keys graduating to her 20s, Vekic is now the only teenager with an ATP or WTA title to his or her name.
But since splitting with Felgate last August, Vekic's results have been dismal. She has not won a WTA main draw match since September and is now in serious jeopardy of falling out of the Top 100. For a player that has never cracked the Top 50, that backsliding is cause for concern.
Short and sweet. Unlike and like Donna. :kiss: The interview hints about Stan. :lol:Q. Obviously been a pretty rough run of results for you since Wimbledon. How happy are you that that went so well today?
DONNA VEKIC: I'm really happy. It was important match for me, for my confidence, for my season, and I hope I can turn things around from now on. I been working hard and practicing well. It just hasn't been there in the matches. So I hope this could be a good start of moving forward.
Q. Seemed like it was quite a sort of mental battle out there. Some tennis and also to some extent who was dealing better with the pressure.
DONNA VEKIC: Well it was my first time on such a big stadium. She was French and favorite and the crowd was supporting her. I warmed up on the court and I was like, Yeah, I'm okay. This will be okay. Then I went out in the warmup I'm like, Oh, my God. There were so many people. I was so nervous in the first set. I finally loosened up and started playing better.
Q. Your ranking has gone the wrong way quite considerably. Has your self-belief been affected by that at all?
DONNA VEKIC: Yeah, it hasn't been easy, but, you know, I knew what I had to do, and I still know what I have to keep doing to improve and to get back to my previous ranking and to improve that as well. Get back into top 50.
Q. Were you able to avoid being distracted by the events around the article in the website last night?
DONNA VEKIC: Yeah.