Friday, 8 February 2019

Fed Cup: Croatia Loses to Serbia, Without Finals in Bath

The Croatia women’s tennis team will not have the chance to play in the finals of the Fed Cup's Euro-African Zone first group in Bath, as they lost to Serbia 2-1 on Friday. After the decisive doubles match, Olga Danilović and Aleksandra Krunić claimed victory over Darija Jurak and Ana Konjuh 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, reports HRT on February 8, 2019. 

Serbia took the lead thanks to Olga Danilović’s win against Jana Fett 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7). In the duel, Fett recovered from 2-4 in the decisive set, saved the first match point at 4-5, and then two more in the tie-break (6-4), to miss a match point at 7-6. The Serbian tennis player won three points in a row and brought the first point to their team after two hours and 23 minutes of play. 

Croatia’s best female tennis player Donna Vekić came back to equalize, defeating Aleksandra Krunić 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 after one hour and 46 minutes of play. Vekić led 5-1 in the second set but allowed her rival to get four games. However, Vekić secured the win with a series of seven games, and celebrated for the third time in this tournament under the leadership of Iva Majoli. Who would win the first place in the group was then to be decided by doubles.

However, unlike the duels against Turkey and Georgia, the doubles were unlucky for Croatia. Although Jurak and Konjuh won the first set 6-1, Serbia came back in the second set, and in the third, they had a break, which Danilović and Krunić used in the fifth game. Jurak and Konjuh did not have a chance to come back.

Serbia will play in Saturday's final against the first-place team in Group A, which will be either the United Kingdom or Hungary. Croatia will play for third place against the defeated side.

The winner of the tournament in Bath will fight for entry into the World Group 2 in April.

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Friday, 8 February 2019

Fed Cup: Croatia Overcomes Georgia, Plays Serbia for First Place

The Croatia women’s tennis team secured another win in the Euro-African group of the Fed Cup held in Bath. After starting with a 2:1 win against Turkey, Croatia was better than Georgia. They will play for first place in Group B against Serbia on Friday, reports HRT on February 7, 2019. 

The winner of this clash will meet the best team from Group A on Saturday and will be better placed in April qualifiers for World Group II.

Croatia lead on Thursday thanks to Ana Konjuh who overcame Mariam Bolkvadze 6:4, 6:3.

“It was harder than I expected, but at least my confidence has risen. She was not an easy rival, but I managed to find a solution. My hand is fine, that's also important," Ana Konjuh said.

Jana Fett was unable to win against Ekaterina Gorgodze. In the third set, Fett had the advantage to break four times, with 5-4 serving for victory, but in the end, Gorgodze was more successful 4:6, 6:3, 7:5.

“The only thing that was good was the fight. I played poorly, and I could not feel the service and I think that was it,” Fett said.

The deciding point for the Croatia national team was made by Darija Jurak and Ana Konjuh, who defeated Ekaterina Gorgodze and Oksana Kalashnikova 7:5, 6:1.

“We are good together, we needed to find a rhythm, but we found it. We did not play together long enough, but we did well,” said Darija Jurak after the win, while coach Iva Majoli added: "We decided that Donna needed to rest, so she did not play because she was exhausted after the tournament in St. Petersburg and the match against Turkey. We were hoping that we would win after the individual matches, but that did not happen. Anyway, we really believed in the doubles, because Darija and Ana were always great in the Fed Cup,” Majoli said.

In the second match of this group Serbia secured a win against Turkey (2:0). Ivana Jorović overcame Çağla Büyükakçay 6:2, 6:3, while Aleksandra Krunić was better than Pemra Ozgen 3:6, 6:4, 6:2.

Serbia and Croatia are on the ladder with two wins, while Georgia and Turkey have two defeats. Croatia will play against Serbia on Friday. 

Only the first-place teams from the group stage will have the opportunity to compete for a place in World Group II. The winner of Group B will play against the first-placed team of Group A which holds the UK, Hungary, Greece and Slovenia.

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Saturday, 2 February 2019

Donna Vekić Eliminates World No. 2 from St. Petersburg Open

Croatian tennis player Donna Vekić achieved the biggest win of her career on Friday. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Croats in Australian Open: Čilić, Martić into Final 32, Vekić Out

Croatia’s best tennis player Marin Čilić advanced to the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, though it was no walk in the park. 

Monday, 14 January 2019

Croats in Australian Open: Čilić, Martić, Vekić Move Forward

Great results for Croats in the Australian open as Marin Čilić, Petra Martić, and Donna Vekić advance to the second round. 

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Donna Vekić Advances to Brisbane Quarters after Defeating World No. 9

Osijek tennis player Donna Vekić has placed in the quarterfinal of the WTA tournament in Brisbane, the Brisbane International! 

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Five Croatian Tennis Players Confirmed for Australian Open

The top Croatian tennis players will fight in the first Grand Slam tournament of the 2019 season - the Australian Open. 

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

US Open: Ćorić On to 2nd Round, Vekić and Martić Out, Čilić Plays Today

Croatian tennis player Borna Ćorić advanced to the 2nd round of the US Open.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Donna Vekić Plays in Washington Open Final, Achieves Career Ranking

The 22-year-old Osijek tennis player shined in the US capital this week and made the best jump yet in the WTA rankings.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Wimbledon: Donna Vekić Advances to First Ever Grand Slam Round of 16

Vekić won the game in just 72 minutes.

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