February 18, 2024

Open Court


Watch: Quick turnaround for San Diego finalist Donna Vekic

GUADALAJARA – There’s a direct flight to Guadalajara if you hop down to the Mexican border from San Diego, walk a catwalk over the border and land directly into the Tijuana airport.

But it’s still going to be a pretty big adjustment for San Diego Open finalist Donna Vekic.

Beyond the seven singles matches she played in cool, rainy conditions to go from the qualifying to the final – and back into the top 50 – she had to turn right around and play again, after the Guadalajara Open gave her a late wild card.

The conditions are different. They are playing with completely different tennis balls. The courts are (reportedly) very slow. The ball – at mile-high attitude – of course flies.

And there wasn’t much time to get used to it all, as Vekic was on the practice court late Monday evening. And with a 56-player draw, there’s no room to wait until Wednesday, even if the tournament was so inclined.

She’ll be the third match on Tuesday, against lucky loser Laura Pigossi of Brazil.

Here’s what she looked (besides a little chilly) on the Guadalaraja Open practice courts.

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