Donna Vekic opens up on feeling 'empty' in 'strange Wimbledon loss'

Vekic exited Wimbledon in the third round following a loss to Marketa Vondrousova.

by Dzevad Mesic
Donna Vekic opens up on feeling 'empty' in 'strange Wimbledon loss'

Donna Vekic says she plans to take a little time away from tennis after she "felt empty" during "a strange match" against Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon. Vekic, ranked at No 21 in the world, exited Wimbledon in the third round after Vondrousova beat the Croatian way more easily than expected with a 6-1 6-4 score.

Vekic, who finished as runner-up in Berlin earlier this grass season, was considered among the dark horses for this year's Wimbledon title. "It's hard for me to say that I was tired. It was more of a feeling of emptiness. I was even OK in the morning, but during the match, I was late for almost every ball.

Some balls that I would never miss went out. Strange match," Vekic told Sport Klub. After a horrendous first set, Vekic looked better in the second set but it didn't lead to a big comeback or even a third set. "It was a little better, but still far from my level.

She was more solid, she didn't make many mistakes and that was enough," Vekic added.

Vekic on her next plans: Take a little time away, play the Hopman Cup

Between July 19-23, the Hopman Cup will be returning and Vekic will be representing Croatia with Borna Coric.

"Honestly, I don't have a plan. I am playing the Hopman Cup in Nice with Borna. I will take a little time away from tennis, definitely," Vekic said. Before losing to Vondrousova, Vekic created an epic comeback win over Sloane Stephens in the Wimbledon second round.

Against Stephens, Vekic had her back turned against the wall as Stephens was up by a set and led 5-2 in the second set. But then, Vekic stunningly came back to beat Stephens 4-6 7-5 6-4. After the match was over, Vekic admitted she suffered "a bit of a panic attack" at the start of the second set as playing on Court 1 got to her. But after a big comeback win over Stephens, Vekic wasn't able to do the same against Vondrousova.

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