World no. 197, Caty McNally of the USA, will take on Donna Vekic of Croatia, the world number 92, in the second round of the 2022 WTA Birmingham Classic on Wednesday, June 15. Get the live streaming options of this Caty McNally v Donna Vekic match along with its preview, head-to-head, and tips here.
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Caty McNally and Donna Vekic Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first match between the 20 year old American, and the Croatian, who is five years older.
McNally Upsets Belgian Seed
McNally beat two higher ranked Australians Astra Sharm and Madison Inglis, just to make the main draw in Birmingham.
However, what she then did made the headlines as she achieved one of the biggest win of her career to knock the number four seed, Elise Mertens, the world number 30, out of the tournament.
All that seemed unlikely when Mertens went two breaks up in the first set, and. although McNally recovered one of them it was not enough.
The second set was very scrappy with the two women both struggling to hold serve. McNally eventually took it because she dropped her serve less than Mertens,
When McNally dropped her serve in the opening game of the third set it looked like the normal order would be restored. But she fought back to level and, with the match set to go to a tie-break, she was offered a match point on the Mertens serve which she took.
Vekic Wins Battle of the Qualifiers
Vekic also came through the qualifying competition, in her case beating first Olivia Gadecki of Australia, and then the British player Eden Silva.
She was then given a relatively kind draw against fellow qualifier Coco Vandeweghe, a former top ten player, now ranked 122nd in the world.
Vekic gained an early advantage when the American dropped her opening service game of the match. The American hit back midway through the first set, but immediately dropped her serve again, and Vekic consolidated her advantage.
Vandeweghe then dropped her serve again in the third game of the second set, and that ultimately proved decisive. She never threatened to break the Vekic serve after that, and the Croatian could just cruise to victory.
McNally v Vekic Prediction and Tip
Whatever happens in this match, it means a qualifier is guaranteed to make the quarter-finals in Birmingham. It could go either way, but Vekic may just have the edge in terms of experience.