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Canadian teen Marina Stakusic was eliminated in the second round of the San Diego Open tennis tournament with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 loss to seventh seed Dora Vekic of Croatia on Thursday.

19-year-old’s 1st WTA 500-level tournament ends with loss to Croatia’s Donna Vekić

A female tennis player wearing a visor hat hits a forehand shot with a racket in her right hand during a match.
Mississauga, Ont., native Marina Stakusic hits a forehand shot during her 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 second-round loss to former world No. 19 Donna Vekić of Croatia at the San Diego Open on Thursday. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Canadian teen Marina Stakusic was eliminated in the second round of the San Diego Open tennis tournament with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 loss to seventh seed Donna Vekić of Croatia on Thursday.

Stakusic was playing in her first WTA 500-level tournament.

The 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., won two matches in qualifying before defeating Russian veteran Marina Melnikova 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 in the first round on Monday.

Stakusic showed some flashes against Vekić, landing six aces in the match and going up an early break in the third set.

But the former world No. 19 proved too tough a test. Vekić did not face break point for the remainder of the match while breaking Stakusic twice on three chances.

Stakusic broke onto the tennis scene last year when she helped Canada win the Billie Jean King Cup.

WATCH | Stakusic ousted by Vekić in San Diego:

Canada’s Marina Stakusic bounced from 1st WTA 500-level tournament in 2nd round

After capturing her first career win in a WTA Tour 500 event on Monday, 19-year-old Marina Stakusic of Mississauga, Ont., falls to seventh seed Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round of the San Diego Open.

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