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Donna Vekic’s outstanding feat at Australian Open after ugly scandal

Donna Vekic has equaled her greatest consequence at a grand slam on the Australian Open. Picture: Getty

Aussie tennis hero Casey Dellacqua has praised Donna Vekic’s profession resurgence after it threatened to be derailed by scandal. Vekic went head-to-head with Aryna Sabalenka on Wednesday for a spot within the australian open semi finals.

Issues did not begin notably properly for Vekic when she was damaged in simply the fourth recreation, surrendering an early 3-1 lead. After managing to get again on serve, Sabalenka broke once more to go up 5-3 earlier than serving out the primary set 6-3.

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Sabalenka maintained her momentum within the second set after breaking Vekic immediately to take a 2-0 lead. Regardless of the scoreline, Vekic was not happening with no combat and was forcing Sabalenka to carry out her greatest baseline tennis from her.

Vekic continued to battle together with her serve after dropping 12 double faults midway by the second set. Sabalenka dropped considered one of her personal service video games from her, however continued to interrupt Vekic as she raced away to a 6-3, 6-2 win.

No matter her loss to Sabalenka within the quarter-final, Vekic can take monumental satisfaction in the truth that she’s nonetheless taking part in and making grand slam quarter-finals. The Croatian participant’s profession was thrown into chaos in 2015 when she turned the unwitting sufferer of an unsavory sledge from Nick Kyrgios in the direction of her then-boyfriend Stan Wawrinka.

Throughout a match on the Canadian Open, Kyrgios mentioned to Wawrinka: “(Thanasi) Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to let you know that mate.” Kyrgios was broadly condemned on the time and solely lately bought again on good phrases with Wawrinka.

Vekic, 26, additionally endured a really public break up with 37-year-old Wawrinka in 2019. Their relationship had initially raised eyebrows when Wawrinka left his spouse for a girl 11 years his junior.

However regardless of the controversy and scandal, Vekic has risen above and let her tennis do the speaking. Her run to the quarter-finals on the Australian Open marked her de ella equal-best efficiency at a grand slam after she made the identical stage on the US Open in 2019.

For Aussie nice Dellacqua, her show at Melbourne Park has been nothing wanting outstanding. “It appears like she’s been round for a very long time,” Dellacqua mentioned on Channel 9 on Wednesday morning.

“I am actually glad that she’s placing in some actually nice work off the court docket, I can inform, and that is been rewarded on the court docket when it comes to her play on the United Cup and now right here on the Australian Open. She’s had some robust years, we all know that she was clearly with Stan and that did not work out.

“However she’s simply all the time had a fantastic household, she’s bought nice mother and father round her, they’ve supported her unconditionally, and you may inform that once you communicate to her. She’s bought numerous life about her, Donna, when it comes to her maturity and the place she comes from and the place she’s at now, so I do assume the most effective is but to come back for a participant like Donna Vekic. I hope it’s anyway, as a result of she’s a little bit of a ‘fave’ of mine.”

Donna Vekic, pictured here in action at the Australian Open.

Donna Vekic in motion on the Australian Open. (Picture by Stringer/Anadolu Company through Getty Photographs)

Magda Linnette emerges into Australian Open semi-final

Sabalenka will now play Magda Linette within the semis after the Polish veteran continued her unimaginable run on Wednesday. The unseeded 30-year-old prompted one other enormous upset, beating former World No.1 Karolina Pliskova 6-3 7-5.

Sabalenka has been in career-best type in Australia and can fancy her possibilities to achieve a maiden Australian Open ultimate in 2023. She might be dealing with the Polish ace that has by no means reached a semi-final of a slam, however is in good type.

Linette hadn’t superior previous the third spherical in 29 earlier grand slam appearances. 5 of the gamers she has crushed at Melbourne Park this 12 months are ranked inside the highest 20.

“It is so emotional. I am unable to actually imagine it. Desires come true,” she mentioned.

“We preserve going although. I do not wish to get too excited as a result of we’re nonetheless within the event however I am tremendous grateful and joyful.”

Magda Linette, pictured here celebrating after advancing to the semi-finals at the Australian Open.

Magda Linette celebrates after advancing to the semi-finals on the Australian Open. (Picture by Jason Heidrich/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photographs)

Linette mentioned the important thing to her unimaginable run is retaining her composure on the court docket. “All by my life I have been taking errors and losses very personally, so I needed to disconnect these two issues,” she mentioned.

“It was actually tough, as a result of I felt numerous occasions that the misses, the errors, had been defining me. My coaches and I did a very nice job, and I am actually grateful to them, as a result of they actually put up with numerous crap.”

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