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Australian Open: Donna Vekic advances into the 3rd round

Donna Vekic (Photo credit: Mario Cuziz/HTS)

MELBOURNE, 23 January 2020 – Croatia’s no.2 female tennis player, Donna Vekic, has continued her good start to the 2020 Australian Open in Melbourne. 

Vekic, who is the tournament’s 19th seed, knocked out former world no.1 and 5-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova in straight sets in the first round and today she won her second-round match against France’s Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-2. 

The Osijek-born 23-year-old broke Cornet early in the first set to race to a 3-1 lead. She would then hold her serve for the remainder of the set to win it 6-4. 

Vekic broke immediately in the second set with a backhand winner and took an early lead 2-0 when she held her serve after Cornet made an unforced error.

Vekic had three break points at 4-2 up when she lead 40-0, but Cornet fought back to 40-40 a number of times before the Croatian finally got the break. She would hold serve in the next game to take the match in just over 90 minutes.

Vekic will play either veteran Carla Suarez Navarro from Spain or Iga Swiatek from Poland in the third round.  

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