Donna Vekic Undergoes a Surgery After Australian Open 2021 Heroics, Vows to Return Soon

Published 02/25/2021, 12:04 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 General view of Melbourne outside the stadium REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


Croatian tennis star Donna Vekic, who turned heads with her performance at the Australian Open 2021, has revealed that she has undergone knee surgery and will be out of action for a short while. Vekic shared a picture of herself on her Instagram page and tagged it with a message saying that she successfully underwent a minor surgical procedure on her right knee in Berne, Switzerland.

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The picture shows the Croatian star flashing a smile from her hospital bed.

Donna Vekic has begun her rebab post-surgery to fix injury she may have suffered at the Australian Open 2021

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Vekic further wrote that she has already begun her rehabilitation program under the watchful eyes of her fitness consultants and is looking forward “to being back on court soon!”.

The 29th-ranked Croat also thanked her family, friends, and team for their messages of love and support.

 

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The 24-year-old Vekic made the fourth round of the Australian Open before going down in straight sets to American Jennifer Brady, the eventual losing finalist.

Her most notable performance in the Major came in the third round when she came back from a set down to beat Estonian Kaia Kanepi.

Donna Vekic had scored a fairytale comeback win over Kaia Kanepi at the Australian Open

It was a memorable victory not just because of the odds against which it was achieved but also considering the fact that the Estonian was coming off a sensational upset win over 2020 champion Sofia Kenin and was the more fancied opponent going into the clash.

In one of the many abiding moments from the tournament this year, the Croat broke down during the on-court interview after the game as the feeling of coming out on the winning side of an edge-of-the-seat battle sunk in.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021 Croatia’s Donna Vekic in action during her third-round match against Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi REUTERS/Kelly Defina

While it’s not clear from her post where she picked up the injury, it’s quite likely that she sustained it during the Australian Open.

Australian Open 2021 was marred by a spate of injuries to top players

The year’s first Major was marred by injury-enforced pullouts, while many battled through pain and physical discomfort. Rising Italian star Matteo Berrettini withdrew from his pre-quarters clash against eventual semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas, citing abdominal strain.

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Norwegian star Casper Ruud, too, forfeited his fourth-round tie to Russian Andrey Rublev after picking up an injury in the match.

Top-seed and eventual champion Novak Djokovic suffered an abdominal muscle tear in his five-set win over American Taylor Fritz but battled on. Reigning US Open champion Dominic Thiem, who fell to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round, also revealed “physical issues” during the game.

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Dimitrov, himself, struggled with back spasms in his quarter-final loss to Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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