PARIS, France - Donna Vekic's career-best French Open run continued on Friday, as she upset No.15 seed Belinda Bencic to reach her first-ever fourth round at the event, 6-4, 6-1.
Bencic owned a 2-0 head-to-head edge over the No.23 seed coming into the match, but both matches took place five years ago, when the pair were both teenagers.
The resurgent Swiss had no answers for Vekic's superior power off the ground and on serve, with her expert counterpunching neutralized by Vekic's accuracy over the course of 67 minutes.
The Croat broke serve six times in the match and hit 25 winners to Bencic's 15, also ending with a positive ratio to her unforced error count of 18.
She was quick out of the gates, as she broke Bencic twice to lead 3-0 at the first changeover, and later held off a comeback from the World No.14, who won four of the next five games to level at 4-4.
That did little to slow Vekic's ascendancy, as she won eight of the last nine games overall, and six straight after Bencic held to love to start the second set, to reach the second week of Roland Garros for the first time.
Vekic equals her best Grand Slam result with her run so far in Paris, having also reached the last 16 at Wimbledon in 2018, and will face either Viktoria Kuzmova or Johanna Konta for a spot in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
More to come...