Latest 1 Jan 2014

Bright future for Croatian newcomer

Bright future for Croatian newcomer

Ana Konjuh, the 16 year-old Croatian who celebrated her birthday just days before her first WTA-level match last night, pulled off a stunning victory against top seed Roberta Vinci.

Vinci, the world number 14, took to centre court as a firm favourite against the two-time junior Grand Slam champion who rocketed through the 2013 season with titles at the Australian and US Open junior grands slams.

However the newcomer to the circuit caused an expected upset when she came back from a set and a break down to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

At her post-match press conference, Konjuh admitted that her nerves got the better of her during the first set after drawing the tournament's top seed. 

"When I heard the draw, I wasn't happy about it. My coach was like, okay, you're playing the first seed, and I thought, oh come on, you're kidding me!"

But this triumphant win marks an exciting start to 2014. 

"It's a good beginning for 2014, I'm just so happy to be here.Yes, I'm sad that my family isn't here, but they're all very happy for me. My mum was going crazy when I told her!"

Next up, Konjuh takes on Lauren Davis of the USA, who yesterday bet New Zealand number one Marina Erakovic in another first round upset.

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