Anett Kontaveit is through to the third round of the Cincinnati Tennis Tournament after overcoming Jil Teichmann of Switzerland in straight sets, 6:3, 6:4 Monday evening.
Kontaveit started the match, despite its name being held in New York due to coronavirus considerations, strongly, breaking her opponent's serve twice and racing to a 4:0 lead in games after just 11 minutes. While she had her own serve broken, the Estonian, ranked 20th in the world, was able to wrap the first set up 6:3 in around half an hour.
The second set saw Teichmann, 23 and ranked 54th in the world, improve and things were neck and neck at 3:3 until Kontaveit, 24, from Tallinn, broke Teichmann's serve. With the score soon at 5:4 Kontaveit won three points in a row to take the match.
Kontaveit had won her opening game in the tournament against Darja Kasatkina of Russia in straight sets too, 6:3, 6:1.
Kontaveit and Teichmann had not played each other professionally before.
The tournament is effectively a warm-up for the U.S. Open starting on August 31, and taking place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center without spectators, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Both players hit two aces in the match, with Kontaveit committing three double faults, but still winning 82 percent of her first serves.
Kontaveit will faec Marie Bouzkova (Czech Republic, WTA 48th) in the third round. Bouzkova managed a surprise upset against her compatriot Petra Kvitova (WTA 12th) in a match which followed the Kontaveit-Teichmann face-off.
Editor: Andrew Whyte