Who is Donna Vekic?
Donna Vekic is a well-known international tennis player. Donna Vekic reached the Top 20 in the WTA Rankings in 2019. Her promising tennis career has turned into a thrilling quest for fame and fortune.
In addition, the teenage tennis prodigy has won two WTA Tour singles titles, 2014 Malaysian Open and the 2017 Nottingham Open.
Childhood, Education, and Parents
Donna Vekic was born on 28 June 1996, in Osijek, Croatia, to Igor and Brankica Vekic.
Her parents were also athletes who used to participate in a variety of sports.
Igor, her father, used to play football and was a member of a large football family in Croatia.
Barnkica, her mother, was also an athlete who competed in the 100m-400m hurdles.
She grew up with her younger brother Bruno Vekic, a footballer and aspiring pilot, in addition to her parents.
Vekic grew up in a sporting household and dreamed of being a gymnast since she was a child.
At the age of six, she was already an exceptional active gymnast.
She has not revealed any information about her education to the public.
We can assume, however, that she later decided to pursue a career as a professional tennis player.
Height & Age
Donna Vekic is a bright young woman who was born in 1996, making her 25 years old in 2022.
Her solar sign is Cancer, as she was born in June.
And, based on what we know about them, they are hardworking, bold, and honest.
Similarly, she is 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m) tall and weighs roughly 64 kilograms (141 lbs).
Donna, as an athlete, takes good care of her body and performs a variety of workouts and activities to keep her body in shape.
Regardless, the Croatian tennis star is in excellent physical condition.
Donna, on the other hand, is stunning with her luscious long blonde hair and gleaming brown eyes.
Facts of Donna Vekic
|Full Name||Donna Vekić|
|Birth Date||28 June 1996|
|Age||25 Years Old|
|Birth Place||Osijek, Croatia|
|Father’s Name||Igor Vekic|
|Mother’s Name||Brankica Vekic|
|Height||5 ft 10 inches (1.79 m)|
|Weight||64 kg (141 lbs)|
|Net Worth||$3 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Facebook, Twitter|
|Last Update||April 2022|
Net worth & Income
At the moment, Donna Vekic’s net worth has been assumed to be $3 million. Moreover, she had also earned $1,674,073 as prize money from several championships.
Not to mention, her career earnings from 2012 to 2017 are estimated to be $1,375,843, and her market value price is estimated to be $20,606,530.
Additionally, tennis players do not earn a fixed salary as they are not in a deal or contract with anyone, so they depend on their tournament earnings and sponsorships.
Well, Donna is just 24 years old and still has her entire career for earning, so we can predict that her net worth will rise by huge in the coming days.
Donna made a great impression at a young age with her powerful serve and groundstrokes. Her first tournament was on the ITF Circuit in Croatia, where she made her professional debut.
She went on to win one singles title and one doubles trophy in 2011.
The year 2012 had a lot in store for her in the end. To be honest, it was the beginning of Donna’s professional career, since she reached the final of the first WTA main event in Tashkent.
At the age of sixteen, she was also the youngest player to reach a WTA final.
Donna began the 2013 season by competing in the Australian Open, where she defeated Andrea Hlavackova in the first round.
In the second round, however, she was defeated in straight sets by Caroline Wozniacki, the former world No. 1.
Donna also overcame Julia Cohen in the first round of the Monterrey Open but lost in the second round to seventh seed Urszula Radwanska.
In the Istanbul final, she defeated Elizaveta Kulichkova to win the 50K competition.
In addition, she finished the 2013 season as the No. 86 player in the world, marking her first top-100 season.
Donna began 2014 by competing in the Shenzhen Open, where she was defeated in the first round by third seed Klara Zakopalova.
She did, however, win her first career WTA championship at the Malaysian Open, defeating top seed Dominika Cibulkova in the final.
Unfortunately, the Croatian tennis player had a string of terrible luck following that.
Donna lost in the first round of the French Open, the final round of the Madrid Open, the second round of the Baku Cup, the first round of the US Open, and the first round of the Tashkent Open.
Donna’s ranking plummeted to No. 177 after a poor 2014 season and a shaky start to the 2015 season.
She then competed in the ITF event in Istanbul as the top seed but lost in the quarterfinals to Margarita Gasparyan, the sixth seed.
Luckily, in the French Open, she claimed her first top-40 victory in the season after beating Caroline Garcia, Bojana Jovanovski, and Ana Ivanovic.
However, Donna’s terrible luck continued in the second part of the season as she failed to qualify for Wimbledon or the US Open. She finished the season ranked No. 105.
Donna competed in the 2016 Australian Open and was defeated in the first round by qualifier Naomi Osaka.
Meanwhile, she advanced to the quarterfinals of the San Antonio Open, defeating Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Kiki Bertens but losing to Tsvetana Pironkova.
From February to August, Donna lost in the first round of ten consecutive WTA tournaments, including the French Open.
Similarly, she reached the final of the ITF tournament in Saint Petersburg in September but was defeated by Natalia Vikhlyantseva.
However, at the ITF Sharm El Sheikh, she had a victory after reaching the year’s ITF final. Likewise, she defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo and won her career’s fifth ITF title in the final.
Furthermore, Donna won her second WTA title at the Nottingham Open in June 2017 after defeating Johanna Konta in three sets. Just like that at the US Open, Donna reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.
Not to mention that season, Donna broke into the world’s top 50 for the first time in July, reaching a career-high singles ranking of world No. 45 and ending the season ranking No. 56.
Similarly, Donna continued her success in 2018 and reached the semifinals in Tokyo by defeating top-10 players and later completed the season ranking No. 34.
Vekic’s 2019 year started on a good note as she climbed up to the semifinals in Brisbane.
Unfortunately, Donna could not keep this momentum at the Australian Open as she got defeated in the second round by Kimberly Birrell.
Luckily, she rebounded from her loss at her next tournament, reaching the biggest final of her career at the St. Petersburg Trophy.
Moreover, Vekic only played two matches after losing in the quarterfinals to Naomi Osaka in Stuttgart.
Later she qualified for the second-tier year-end singles tournament at the WTA Elite Trophy for the first time in her career. Nonetheless, she finished the 2015 year ranking No. 19 in the world, her first top 20 finish.
Donna kicked off her 2020 season at Brisbane International. She then played at the first edition of the Adelaide International and made it to the quarterfinal.
Further, at the Australian Open, Vekic defeated Maria Sharapova in the first round but lost to Iga Swiatek in the third round.
After that, at the St. Petersburg Trophy, she got beaten in the second round by Ekaterina Alexandrova.
2020 Italian Open
As the 2020 Italian Open-ended with Amanda Anisimova defeating Vekic 3-6, 7-6(3), and 7-6(6) in Round 1 of the Italian Open 2020.
However, it wasn’t a smooth journey right then, as the very match sparked controversial grounds which involved Donna.
During the first half of the game, Donna was taking the lead over Amanda until she caught a blister during the tie-breaker of the second set.
However, it wasn’t that at all. Prior to it, Amanda had missed an easy smash on match-point and even lost the serve.
Thus, when she took the match time out, Donna was losing her patience, and she furiously stated, “Really? Now?” Most people think it was Amanda’s tactic to break momentum of Donna and break her lead.
Additionally, some even went to the extent of stating she had fake blisters.
Playing Style and Stats
Vekic, as everyone knows, is an aggressive baseliner.
To date, she has maintained a single career record of 268–199 (57.4 percent ), while her single world ranking stands as No. 28 right now. Apparently, she has the highest ranking in it of No. 19.
Similarly, she has a double career record of 13–27 (32.5 percent ), with the current ranking of No. 195.
In it, she has stepped to the highest world ranking of No. 171. Altogether, her highest speed recorded to date is 111 mph (178 km/h).
Furthermore, Vekic portrays powerful serves, among which groundstrokes are her assets. Not to mention, she also showcases quickness and speed in games which often brings her errors too.
Overall, Vekic gives her opponent an aggressive taste of her speedballs.
Personal life & Boyfriend
Donna Vekic is single for now and is focusing all her energy on forwarding her career.
After being in a long relationship for about four years with fellow tennis player Stan Wawrinka, the tennis star is currently relishing a solitary life.
Moreover, the duo was known to have started dating in 2015 and later split up in 2019. Since that, Donna has not dated anyone and is enjoying her single life by spending time with family and traveling.
Well, if something interesting about her love life comes out, readers will be made aware for sure.
In July 2017, the Roger’s Cup in Montreal witnessed one of the biggest scandals live that no one had ever expected.
Back then, Vekic was dating the Swiss pro, Stan Wawrinka, when the news of her cheating came in like a tsunami.
Apparently, Nick Kyrgios stated that Vekic had slept with Australian player Thanasi Kokkinakis while she was dating Swiss pro, Stan Wawrinka during the middle of the match.
To illustrate, Nick shouted, “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate”.
In fact, his comment was all over the court’s microphones, and everyone was going on about the love triangle. Altogether, Nick was fined £4,700 for his behavior.
However, the words spread wide but still, the duo was together as if nothing happened.
Social Media Presence
With a successful tennis career, full of media exposure, Donna has gained fame and recognition from a wide range of audiences.
Vekic’s social media accounts can indeed affirm her popularity.
Available as @DonnaVekic on Twitter, Donna has 68.1K followers currently and has tweeted 2,935 times to date.
Also available on Instagram as @donnavekic, she has gained 179K followers.
Likewise, she also has a Facebook account in which 127K people follow her.