Vekic wins on two surfaces at rain-plagued Wimbledon warm-up

Vekic, the 2017 champion at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament, started her match against French eighth seed Kristina Mladenovic on outdoor grass. However, rain returned, sending the players rushing for cover at the venue's indoor hard courts.

Donna Vekic reacts during her match against Kristina Mladenovic.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Second seed Donna Vekic reached the semifinals of the rain-plagued Nottingham WTA event on Friday after playing her quarterfinal on two different surfaces, outside and indoors.

Vekic, the 2017 champion at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament, started her match against French eighth seed Kristina Mladenovic on outdoor grass.

However, the rain which has been a problem all week returned towards the end of the first set, sending the players rushing for cover at the venue's indoor hard courts with Croatian Vekic eventually claiming a 7-5, 6-4 win and a place in a third straight semi-final in Nottingham.

The decision to conclude the quarterfinals indoors did not please Mladenovic's coach, Sascha Bajin.

"Many bad decisions have been made here in Nottingham by the officials," he tweeted.

"But still, we can take lots of good things from here. Congrats to Dona for today."