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French Open: Donna Vekić advances to the last 16

Donna Vekić (Photo credit: Mario Ćužić/HTS)

PARIS, 31 May 2019 – There are two Croatians remaining in the last 16 of the women’s singles at the 2019 French open. 

It has been a good day for Croatian players on court today. After Petra Martić upset world no. 2 Karolína Plíšková earlier in the day, Vekić joined her in the last 16 with a straight sets win over 22-year-old Belinda Bencic from Switzerland. 

Vekić beat the tournament’s 15th seed in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1 in just over an hour on Friday on Court 1.  

After a tight first set, Vekić ran away with the match in the second set, hitting 8 aces and 25 winners to reach the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the second time.

The 22-year-old Croatian, who achieved her career-high singles ranking of world No. 24 this month, will face the winner of the Johanna Konta/Viktoria Kuzmova match in the last 16. 

Her best perfromance to date at a Grand Slam was reaching the last 16 at Wimbledon last year.

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