Top Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit (WTA 22nd) reached the quarterfinals in the restart of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) season in Palermo, Italy, on Thursday, after defeating 65th-ranked German Laura Siegemund 2:1(3:6, 6:2, 6:2).
Kontaveit fell behind 0:2 in the first set but was able to equalize quickly. She ended up losing her serve without winning a point and was not able to score breaking points in the next games. Serving behind from 3:5, Kontaveit made three double faults and dropped the first set 6:3 to the German.
Kontaveit was able to recover in the second set, however, breaking Siegemund's serve in the third game 40:0, taking a 3:0 lead in the second. Kontaveit broke the German player's serve again in the seventh game and ended up taking the second set 6:2.
The start of the deciding set saw many strokes of luck for the Estonian, as she saved a breaking point, being able to barely direct the ball over the net, dropping it onto Siegemund's side of play. Kontaveit took a 2:0 lead in the third set and again took a 5:2 lead. She realized her third match ball in the final game, winning the decider 6:2.
Kontaveit admitted post-game: "It was a difficult match. I felt I started too passively, but was able to get it going and be more agressive. I tried taking the initiative and control the match.
"I'm happy about being able to manage in tight situations and how I played in even games. I think I handled the pressure, which I thought I was not used to, pretty well."
She will face 19-year old Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto (WTA 157th) in the quarterfinals, who defeated Donna Vekic (WTA 24th) 2:0 (6:2, 6:4) in her quarter-final clash.
The Estonian looked forward to this: "[Cocciaretto] played very well, she also has the home crowd support. I saw her play Fed Cup in February and she impressed me. But one thing is to see someone play, another is to actually face off against them. We'll see what happens but I'm ready."
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste