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Born into a family whose members have been heavily involved in Croatian sport, Donna too had started her sporting journey from a very young age. She had started by getting trained at gymnastics but had soon been forced to focus her energies on tennis after sustaining an ankle injury.

Donna has been nicknamed ‘Last Call’ because of her lack of punctuality in general, and her tendency to reach airports just in the nick of time. She had once gone to sleep at 2 in the night when she was supposed to board a flight at 5 am. About an hour and a half later, her father had barged into her room to wake her up and she had to rush to the airport in her pajamas. If not for him, she would have surely missed that flight.

Her paternal grandmother, Lidija Vekić, a physical education teacher has been credited for discovering and then kick-starting the career of Davor Šuker, widely admired as one of Croatia’s greatest sportspersons of all time. He had led Croatia to the ‘Bronze’ medal at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, the country’s debut FIFA World Cup appearance. He had won the ‘Golden Boot’ and the ‘Silver Ball’ awards at that tournament.

A polyglot, she is fluent in Croatian, English, and Italian.

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