Many of the crowd came to see whether Donna Vekic, at 16 the youngest player in the world’s top 350, could win the Wimbledon warm-up event.

However after almost snatching the first set the teenager was beaten by an opponent nearly a decade and a half older.

The former World No 5 from Slovakia showed she still has remarkable resilience as she beat the sensational new girl from Croatia 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.