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Vekic Breezes Into Pune Second Round

Donna Vekic made an impressive start to her Royal India Open challenge, defeating Varatchaya Wongteanchai in just 51 minutes.

Published November 05, 2012 06:17

Vekic Breezes Into Pune Second Round
Donna Vekic

PUNE, India - No.3 seed Donna Vekic made an impressive start to her title challenge at the Royal Indian Open, defeating Varatchaya Wongteanchai in just 51 minutes.

In September, 16-year-old Vekic became the youngest WTA finalist in six years when she finished runner up to Irina-Camelia Begu in Tashkent. This run took her to a career-high ranking of No.121 and since then she has been edging ever closer to the Top 100 with encouraging performances at the ITF events in Suzhou and Seoul.

And judging by her clinical defeat of Wongteanchai, she is hungry for a double-digit ranking before the year is out. Vekic set out her stall early on, breaking in the second game as she wrapped up the opening set for the loss of just seven points.

Wongteanchai made a better fist of things in the second set, finally holding serve to get her name on the scoreboard in the second game. However, the Croatian was not about to take her foot off the accelerator, and broke twice more to complete a 60 61 win.

"She is a good player," Vekic said. "Though the scoreline reads 60 61, it was a much tougher match. I like the courts and I am hoping to go all the way in the tournament.

"I have always liked playing in India and the last tournament that I played here, I ended up winning it. I am hoping that this one goes along similar lines!"

The only other seed in first round action was Elina Svitolina, who defeated Andreja Klepac, 63 62. A solitary break in a marathon sixth game was enough to give the No.7 seed the opening set, before easing through the second and into a last 16 meeting with Indian wildcard, Rutuja Bhosale.

The other winners on Day 1 were Zhou Yi-Miao, Luksika Kumkhum, Noppawan Lertcheewakarn and Liu Chang.

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