Donna Vekic suffers mid-air fright ahead of Guadalajara victory
The former world number one Donna Vekic has suffered a mid-air trauma that will have her on the court in less than a week.
The 22-year-old Croatian and world number 19 shot a 6-4, 6-3 victory over world number 41 Anett Kontaveit at the Aegon International on Sunday, becoming the second Croatian to win the title, following her sister Aleksandra Vekic.
Donna was flying between sets when there suddenly was an explosion which she said was caused by tennis fans. “I remember being on the ground and looking down at where my hands were and seeing red dots,” Donna told BBC Sport.
“It was incredibly intense and I could feel the fans, I could see them, I could hear them and I could feel them.
“The people who brought the racquets and stuff were screaming and then I lost sight of them. I could see red lights all over and I could hear screams and then it was all over.”
Donna, who has reached the final of the Australian Open three times and the Wimbledon championships twice, said she felt fine after the stunning conclusion to the match.
“I felt fine after it,” she added. “I haven’t been in an accident before at all.”
Aleksandra Vekic said she was “so happy” because she felt they were “two great champions” and that they had “one more match to play” on Sunday.
“This is my second time playing here after having a baby, so I knew this was going to be very emotional,” she said. “This kind of match and this type of match with her, I want to be there in the final. So we’ll fight until the end.”
Donna and Aleksandra are among the most successful and highest-profile female tennis players in Croatia. They have both won three ITF titles, four titles in Croatia and have also been successful on Grand Slam courts since the world series was introduced