The Croatian returns to smile in Valle d’Aosta: it is the first success after four years of fasting. The 18-year-old Dane was defeated in two sets
Starting from the foot of Mont Blanc to climb the rankings and return to the odds that most compete her: Donna Vekic finds her redemption in Valle d’Aosta and wins the first edition of the Courmayeur Ladies Open-Cassina Trophy. A joy that the Croatian has been missing since 2017, the year in which she won her second career title by graduating champion in Nottingham (her first success in Kuala Lumpur in 2014). Defeated in the final the Danish promise Clara Tauson for 7-6 (3) 6-2 the score, which can still be considered satisfied with the week played and 2021 in general, with even two titles won at just 18 years old (Lyon and Luxembourg) .
Services dancers, unforced errors and four consecutive breaks inaugurate the first final of the Courmayeur tournament. To break the rhythm is Donna Vekic who only in the fifth game can she find the solidity shown in the semifinals, hoisting herself first on 3-2 and then collecting a further break. The Croatian seems to have the reins of the game in her hands, however she sensationally wastes three opportunities to close the set and everything needs to be redone: from 5-2 to 5-5. Tauson drags the opponent to the tie-break but this time another three set points canceled are not enough and it is Vekic who collects the 7-6 (3). At the change of field medical timeout for a dull Dane, also thanks to the partial that lasted over an hour. In the second half Vekic, who until now seems to have fought more against herself than with her opponent, is quick to remedy two breaks and climb 4-1. Hers is a monologue on the rise and in the eighth game she just needs the first match point to end the games and her long fast.
Joy and pain
“It was a complicated season, at the beginning of the year I underwent an intervention that marked me, I had to and I dedicate this trophy to all the people who supported and supported me in difficult times”, the words of the first champion of the Courmayeur tournament , who after undergoing a knee operation in February was forced away from the fields for three months, resulting in a collapse in the rankings towards the current position no. 97. From Monday Vekic will make a leap of 30 positions, projecting itself to no. 67 Wta. It should also be noted that for Croatia this is the second title in a few hours: in the Italian afternoon, in fact, Marin Cilic won the St. Petersburg Open.
Halep joke at home
In the meantime, an enterprise in Transylvania for the top seed. 2 Anett Kontaveit who wins the tournament by beating the favorite Simona Halep with a very clear 6-2; 6-3 in an hour and 10 minutes. An important result not only for the Estonian player’s palmarès but also in terms of Finals. Kontaveit thus qualifies for the first time in the Masters of the best 8, on stage in Guadalajara from 10 to 16 November.
October 31, 2021 (change October 31, 2021 | 20:19)
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Vekic first queen in Courmayeur, Tauson surrenders in the final