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Donna Vekic constantly thinks “I just want this match to be over” when facing close friend Maria Sakkari

The WTA friendships have always been a hot topic, as the tour is very competitive and players are forced to focus on themselves and their own goals. However, there are a number of really close women’s tennis friendships and one such example is that of Donna Vekic and Maria Sakkari. In a recent interview for Behind the Racquet, Croatian world No.24 Vekic gives us an insight into how she manages to balance her on-court rivalry with Sakkari and their off-court closeness. In short, it’s really tough, but worth it!

Vekic and Sakkari practice together at the 2020 BNP Paribas Open

It’s very difficult to have your best friend as an opponent, as Vekic explains:

One of my closest friends is Maria Sakkari and it is never easy having to play her, which I have done a few times times recently.