Australian Open star breaks down in 'emotional' scenes

Andrew Reid
·3-min read
Seen here, an emotional Donna Vekic reacts to her dramatic Australian Open comeback win.
Donna Vekic fought back tears after her dramatic Australian Open comeback win. Pic: Getty

Donna Vekic has broken down in tears after a stunning comeback victory against Australian Open giant killer Kaia Kanepi on Saturday.

The Croatian 28th seed battled back from a set down and staved off a match point, before sealing an extraordinary 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 win in two hours and 36 minutes on Margaret Court Arena.

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The Croatian was visibly emotional after the match, as the enormity of her comeback win began to sink in.

Vekic had never made it to the fourth round of the Australian Open before this tournament but she'll no doubt be buoyed by Saturday's display.

The 28th seed looked to be down-and-out when she found herself down a match point in the second set.

However, the 24-year-old managed to turn things around in the most incredible of circumstances.

Vekic reeled off 11 of the last 13 points to take the second set in a tiebreaker and she rode that wave of momentum into the deciding set.

Kanepi had already stunned the tennis world after knocked out defending champion Sofia Kenin in the second round.

Pictured here, Donna Vekic hits a backhand at the Australian Open.
Donna Vekic won through to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time. Pic: Getty

There was to be no repeat of those heroics from the Estonian though as Vekic edged the deciding set 6-4 to book a place in the fourth round.

The Croatian was overcome with emotion, clasping her hands to her face in a sense of disbelief.

Vekic chokes back tears after win

"I'm pretty relieved and happy," Vekic said during her post-match interview.

Vekic then had to wipe the tears from her eyes before answering whether she was happy with how she played.

"Saving match points, she was playing unbelievable the whole match. I had to fight until the end but I'm just so happy to be through."

Vekic faces Jennifer Brady in the fourth round after the American disposed of Kaja Juvan 6-1 6-3 in their third round clash on Saturday.

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