NOTTINGHAM, June 19: Unseeded Donna Vekic stormed to her first WTA title in over three years at the Aegon Open here on Sunday, coming from a set down to beat top seed Johanna Konta in the final, 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5.
The Croatian burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old in 2012, when she reached her first WTA final in Tashkent, and won her first career title just over 18 months later at the BMW Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. However, in the seasons since, the Croatian struggled to replicate her early success as a teenager, and reaching the final in Nottingham marked her first appearance in a WTA final in a year and a half.
A season ago, Vekic was ranked outside the top 100 and lost her opening round match in Nottingham to Great Britain�s Tara Moore, but will see her ranking rise to a new career-high of No. 58 as a result of her efforts this week.
�It�s pretty amazing and I�m really, really happy,� Vekic said. �Jo played amazing and she�s having an amazing year, but I was just trying to focus on myself, serve and good as I can and be aggressive, which is not easy against her. Wimbledon is my favourite tournament of the year and I�m very happy that I can go into that winning a couple of matches, but first, next week is Birmingham.� � Agencies