Vekic Hangs Tough To Beat Garcia For Monterrey Title

by Staff | March 5th, 2023, 11:04 pm
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In a tight, nervy affair, Donna Vekic edged top seed Caroline Garcia 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to win the Monterrey title Sunday in Mexico.

The title was Vekic’s first since 2021 and fourth overall.

“It was a crazy match until the end, was playing so well, playing so deep,” Vekic told the WTA. “I was trying to win as many points as I could. It was not easy, but I’m really happy to win.

“It’s been a great start of the year for me. If the title didn’t come now, I believe that it would have come soon. So I’ve been playing good tennis, and I just need to keep working hard and hopefully stay healthy, and I’m sure I will keep having good results.”

The 26-year-old Vekic connected on 13 aces along with eight doubles. Garcia had 15 aces but was just two of 16 on break chances.

The Croatian broke early in the first two sets, but lost the lead in the second. Vekic was finally able to break 5-6 in the third to win it.

Vekic improves to 6-12 against Top 5 players. Vekic is now up on has the better of Garcia 5-2 in their tour-level collisions.

Garcia was eyeing her 12th career title. This was her 16th career final.

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One Comment for Vekic Hangs Tough To Beat Garcia For Monterrey Title

Elizabeth Says:

Usually, I would pick Caroline Carcia to top Donna Vekic easily, but Donna has been showing signs of returning to her best form.

Congrats to Donna Vekic!

Vekic moves up to #19 in the live WTA rankings, and Marta Kostyuk moves to a new career high of #37 after her Austin, Texas, win.

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