Tennis star Anett Kontaveit is through to the quarter finals of the Cincinnati Tennis Tournament – actually being held in New York – after continuing her form in winning in straight sets in the tournament so far, defeating Czech player Marie Bouzkova 6:3, 6:3 on Tuesday.
Things started off even stevens in the opening set, until with the score at 3:3, Kontaveit held off two break points, held her serve and then broke Bouzkova's serve in the next game, before winning her service to take the first set 6:3.
The second set started less well, after the Estonian, 24, from Tallinn, had her service broken in the first game, but went on to break her opponent's in three more games, including the match winning ninth game.
Kontaveit has reached the quarter final in four of her last five tournaments, though result is the first time she has gotten to that stage in the Cincinnati tournament. Kontaveit has also not dropped a set in the tournament so far, dispatching her previous opponents, Darja Kasatkina and Jil Teichmann in straight sets as well.
Kontaveit, ranked 20th in the world, will face off against 22-year old former world number one Naomi Osaka (WTA 10th) after she defeated Ukrainian Dajana Jastremska 2:0 (6:3, 6:3). Kontaveit and Osaka have met three times before and the latter has come out on top on all occasions.
The match will be played on August 26, not before 8 p.m.
A warm-up for the U.S. Open starting at the end of the month, his year's Cincinnati tournament is being played in "bubble" conditions in New York as the result of coronavirus considerations.
Editor: Andrew Whyte