The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) 2020 season has resumed, following the coronavirus hiatus, in Palermo, Italy, where top Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit (WTA 22nd) defeated Romanian Patricia Maria Tig (WTA 85th) 2:0 (6:3, 6:3) on Tuesday.
The first set of the 94-minute match started with two consecutive breaks of serve and then continued competitively until 3:3, when Kontaveit was finally able to break free and take three games, winning the first set 6:3.
The Romanian took a medical time-out to tend to her shoulder which seemed to help her immediately as she was able to rattle off three games, taking a 0:3 lead but Kontaveit was able to break the fourth. The Estonian won six straight games, including a quick 40:0 to finish off the match.
Kontaveit said after the match: "I'm just really happy to have won that match, it was a little bit difficult switching from hardcourts (where Kontaveit had last played in an Estonia v. Latvia tournament in Tallinn last week - ed.) to outdoor clay. It was a little windy and I wasn't used to the bad bounces. I fought well, managed to come back in the second set, never gave up on the set when I was 3:0 down and really stayed in there. I feel like I played the important points well, and I wasn't missing on those."
The Estonian will face 65th-ranked German Laura Siegemund in the second round and anticipates a tough match. "It's definitely going to be tough. She plays really well on clay, and so I'll be expecting that while trying to play my game. Hopefully I can stay aggressive, and do the best that I can."
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste