The Croatian started the encounter by taking Doi’s opening service game after the Japanese player double faulted on break point. Vekic then quickly claimed a double-break advantage with an error-forcing crosscourt backhand to lead 3-0.
Vekic used beautiful backhands to keep her momentum rolling, and had no trouble garnering the final three games over an error-prone Doi. The No. 3 seed completed her first-set dominance in just 21 minutes.
Vekic needed three break points but continued her run by claiming Doi’s serve in the opening game of the second set. The Croatian got up to eight games in a row before Doi got on the board for 2-1 by holding with a forehand winner.
The World No.120 finally found her way into the match, being more patient in the rallies before she could find opportunities for winners with her left-handed shots. But by this point, Vekic refused to cede any part of her lead, using tremendous defense and ferocious forehands to keep holding serve comfortably.
Doi held her serve three times in a row before the match concluded, but Vekic never once allowed Doi a look on her serve. Serving at 5-3, Doi saved three match points with bold play, but after she pulled from 0-40 to deuce, Vekic claimed a fourth match point with a forehand winner, and that chance was converted after a Doi error into the net.
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