Donna Vekic’s 25th birthday could not have been more quintessentially Wimbledon, as rains delayed her scheduled first-round clash with Anastasia Potapova into the following day.
With COVID protocols forcing her family to stay home, the Croat spent the evening with friends—opting to hold out on the full story until after the tournament—and kept the celebration going on Tuesday with a 6-1, 6-4 win over the former junior champion.
“I was a little bit relieved at the end because I was 5-2 up and she broke me serving for the match and started to play a bit better,” Vekic explained. “So, I was happy to break in the end.”
A factor on all surfaces, the former Top 20 fixture made one of her earliest breakthroughs on grass, finishing runner-up in Birmingham as a 16-year-old.