Top Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit lost in the Palermo WTA tournament final in Italy to French player Fiona Ferro Sunday night, 6:2, 7:5.
Ferro broke the Estonian's serve in the opening game, and took control of the first set, not losing any more games after the fifth, when the score stood at 3:2.
The second set started with a repeat of the first, with Ferro going 2:0 up. Kontaveit, ranked 22nd in the world, pulled back, however, and things soon stood at 5:3 in favor of the Estonian. However, the French player, ranked 53rd in the world on the eve of the tournament, won four games in a row to take the set 7:5 and thus the match.
The whole encounter lasted 1 hour 45 minutes and was the first high level tournament final for either player after a hiatus of five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"I want to congratulate Fiona, you really took me to task today," Kontaveit said of her opponent shortly after the match.
"I can't say I did anything wrong: she was just in very good shape," Kontaveit added at a press conference later.
"I tried to instill in myself that winning games would give me a chance in the second set, but she played the whole match to perfection."
Ferro, who is to find herself in a new WTA position of 44th on the back of the victory, returned the kind words: ""Congratulations to Anett for a great week and congratulations to her coach as well. I wish you success for the future and for the next tournaments."
Ferro served up three aces to Kontaveit's two; the Estonian won only 32 percent of her second serves. Ferro also rescued four out of six break points she faced.
A large number of Estonian supporters were spotted at the final, ERR's sports portal reports, which Kontaveit expressed thanks towards, as well as towards her British coach, Nigel Sears.
"It was not the result we wanted, but we will continue to work," she said.
Editor: Andrew Whyte