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Tena Lukas with Slovenian Dalila Jakupovič won the pairs of the WTA Makarska Open tournament hosted by Valamar

05.06.2022.

Makarska celebrated today, and the happiest was the director of the tournament Feliks Lukas. After Petra Martić in 2016, another Croatian tennis player won the final. Again in pairs, and next year maybe individually, who knows…

Home hope Tena Lukas and Slovenian Dalila Jakupovič won the WTA Makarska Open by Valamar doubles tournament. In front of almost a thousand spectators on the Central Court of the Valamar Tennis Center, Lukas and Jakupovič emerged as winners in a difficult match against the Serbian Olga Danilović and Aleksandra Krunić, the result was 5:7, 6:2 (10:5).

There was everything, a better first section for the Serbian combination, then Dalila and Tena took over the game and dominated the final. And in the tie-break match they had the patience and composure to finish the job. All four players were eager for this title, it was seen on several occasions, twice Danilović shot Tena online. By accident. It didn't sit well with the Croatian tennis player.

"Well done Olga ..." Tena was angry.

But in the end, she celebrated and both joked about it at the trophy award ceremony, which was presented to the winners and the second-placed couple by Antonija Radić Brkan, Makarska's deputy mayor and tournament director Feliks Lukas.

"I really enjoyed the field, even though Olga wanted to kill me. You girls were great ", Tena laughed and added:

"Thanks to everyone who cheered for us. This is a special title for me, but this is my tournament. I don't know, emotions overwhelmed me. Thanks to my parents, especially my grandfather. Thanks also to my brother Felix, congratulations on this tournament ", said the overjoyed Tena, who two weeks ago won the ITF in Rome worth 60 thousand dollars, and now the WTA Makarska Open by Valamar in the doubles competition.

In front of the Serbian combination, Aleksandra Krunić addressed the audience.

"Congratulations to the girls on a great match. Tena, don't be angry that Olga shot you, I said she would kill you today if she had to. Direct all your anger at me. Somehow I always drop out at Roland Garros, so I can play this tournament, I hope we won't see each other next year, but it's definitely nice here, I feel like I'm on vacation and I believe that this tournament will only grow, "said Krunic.

Makarska Deputy Mayor Antonija Radić Brkan is satisfied with the tournament.

"Thanks to the whole team, the team in the organization. We watched day by day as the tournament grew. Next year, only faster, better, stronger ", concluded Radić Brkan.

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