Nadia Podoroska vs. Donna Vekic - 2021 Australian Open Women's Singles Second Round
Thursday, February 11 2021
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Donna Vekic meets Nadia Podoroska in the second round of the 2021 Australian Open on Thursday, February 11th 2021.
Will Donna Vekic be able to put on a better performance in this second round, or will Nadia Podoroska stop the Croatian star in her tracks on Thursday?
Nadia Podoroska came through a two set victory over the American Christina McHale, beating her 6-4/6-4. Podoroska has been playing some solid tennis recently, and she most definitely showed us that in her first round match. McHale is obviously not one of the toughest opponents to meet in the first round of a Grand Slam, but she can definitely cause some problems to her opponents. Nadia Podoroska will now have to, however, increase her level a lot in this second round match as she meets a player who is much harder to beat, especially on her day, in the Croatian star Donna Vekic.
Donna Vekic came through a tight 3-set encounter against Wang in the first round, beating the Chinese star by coming back from a set down to win 4-6/6-3/6-4. Vekic was a bit rusty in that match, but that is not a very shocking thing, with this being her first match here in a while. Vekic, on her day, is a very tough opponent to beat and she will definitely feel confident after that comeback win on Tuesday. Vekic, however, will still know she has a long way to go if she is to win here as Nadia Podoroska is in great form herself.
This is going to be the first meeting between both players, and it is definitely going to be a very tight match here in the second round of the 2021 Australian Open. Vekic should be considered the favourite here, just because of her past success on the WTA Tour, and because she has played some big matches on big stages in her prime. Vekic is still near her prime, and she will have worn off a lot of rust in that first round encounter, which should give her enough to feel a bit more free in this second round match and book her spot to the third round.