Sports Round-Up: Kontaveit Wins, Football Team Loses 7-0
Estonia's second-highest ranked tennis player Anett Kontaveit (WTA 161) beat Alize Cornet (WTA 21) 7-6, 6-3 at the Swedish Open.
Kontaveit only graduated from the youth level last year, and has risen in rankings ever since.
Kaia Kanepi (WTA 73), also won her first round game at the tournament, beating local Johanna Larsson (WTA 73) 6-2, 4-6 and 7-5, fighting back from a 5-2 position in the last set. “Being 2-5 down in the decider I thought that I still have a chance. When I had the opportunity I did try to play aggressively, when not, I tried to be patient,” she said.
Kontaveit just now lost her second round match, against Jana Cepelova (WTA 64). Kontavei took the lead in both sets, 3-1 and 3-0, but lost 4-6 and 3-6.
A week after beating the San Marino champions 7-0 in a Champions League qualifier, Estonia's champion FC Levadia was brought back down to earth, losing 7-0 to AC Sparta Prague in the away leg, with the game in Tallinn yet to be played.
Nõmme Kalju and Sillamäe Kalev, both victorious in the first Europa League qualifying round, begin their next games on Thursday, facing Poznan Lech and FC Krasnodar, respectively.
Two Estonian national team footballers are poised to change clubs with Konstantin Vassiljev's club FC Amkar Perm deciding not to renew the 29-year-old's contract for the new season, and he will have to find a new club.
Henrik Ojamaa, 23, could also move to another club, with his current employer Legia Warsaw not naming him in the 23-strong Champions League team. Teams in Israel, Denmark and Scotland have been mentioned as his next possible destination.
The Estonian national basketball team played two games against Latvia in the past three days, losing by 25 points (70-45) in Pärnu, but winning on Thursday in Valga by 72-60.