In what seemed to be a joke at first, 16 year-old Croatian Donna Vekić and #10 Caroline Wozniacki wore nearly the same outfit in their second round Australian Open match Thursday afternoon in Melbourne. It was hard to tell the two blondes apart, both with white visors, long ponytails and yellow and white outfits.
Vekić, in only her second ever Grand Slam match, started out solid, taking Wozniacki to 0-40 in the first game. However the former world #1 would come back to take the game and the first set, 6-1. Vekić hit the ball well and rallied with Wozniacki on numerous points but was broken by the Dane on every one of her serves in the first set. Vekić looked a bit more composed in the second set, but a dream win over Wozniacki was not meant to be as the teenager ultimately lost 1-6, 4-6.
She left the court with a smile on her face. This definitely won’t be the last we see of Vekić at Grand Slams. A promising tennis career looks to be on the horizon.
Photo: Australian Open
Marin Čilić will face Italian Andreas Seppi in the third round of the Australian Open after his 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 win over Rajeev Ram Thursday. It was routine work for the Croatian #1 as he has not dropped a set thus far this tournament. Seppi played over four hours in his five-set win over Denis Istomin. Should Čilić defeat the Italian, he is likely to play Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round.
Ivan Dodig won a tough five-setter over Jarko Nieminem 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-1. He will face the #9 seed Richard Gasquet in the third round. Gasquet’s first two opponents had higher rankings than Dodig and Gaquet easily won both in three sets. Ivan will need to be at his best to stand a chance when they meet on Friday. Regardless of the outcome, this is a big step in his career as he reached the 3rd round of a grand slam for the first time.