Only four days after her 16th birthday and in her first match at WTA level, Croatia’s Ana Konjuh pulled off a major upset by beating top-seeded Roberta Vinci 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday in the opening round of the ASB Classic.
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Konjuh, who won the Australian Open and US Open junior singles titles in 2013, finished stronger than Italy’s Vinci who is ranked 14; 245 places ahead of her opponent.
Konjuh said her ”Mom was going crazy” when she rang home after her win. ”It was a great experience. It was a great match,” she said. ”I’m just really happy to be here and have a chance to play with these great players.”