In an interview with Sportske, Donna Vekic talked about her future goals and analyzed her 2021. She also talked about the future of the ATP tennis after Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's era. She said: "It was an extremely difficult path, many things happened: first the injury and then the surgery.
The recovery was really long and tiring, but in the end I ended the season with a success. I am looking forward to 2022, I want to be ready and healthy to return to playing tennis without pain. Title to Courmayeur? It was proof that all the sacrifices were not in vain.
It showed me that training and work are still worthwhile. Surely this victory proved to be an extra motivation for me, to think positively for everything to come. My new coach Luka Kutanjac? Luka brought a new air to the team, a positive attitude that helped me a lot from the start.
I will continue to work with him in 2022, I still think I have a lot of room for improvement, so I hope he can help me grow."
Vekic: "When the Big 3 will retire there will not be a dominator"
Donna then compares the ATP tennis after Federer, Djokovic and Nadal to current WTA Tour moment, without a real leader: "My goals are to return to the top 20 in the world and win many games in Grand Slam tournaments.
In women's tennis all matches are very hard, there are no more easy first rounds. They all play tennis very well; this is why it is so difficult to find a real dominatrix. I think very soon the same will happen in men's tennis too, as soon as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal stop playing."
Donna Vekic had to deal with some physical problems in 2021. After reaching the round of 16 at the Australian Open, the Croatian tennis player underwent surgery on her right knee. At the end of a long rehabilitation process, Vekic came back on the court directly at the beginning of June at the Roland Garros.
The player born in 1996 had a hard time recovering from a physical point of view, but in the last tournament of the season she won her third career WTA title in Courmayeur by beating Clara Tauson in the final.