Kanepi and Kontaveit US Open first round opponents announced ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Anett Kontaveit and Kaia Kanepi.
Anett Kontaveit and Kaia Kanepi. Source: Anna Aurelia Minev/ERR

Estonian top tennis player Anett Kontaveit, currently ranked 20th on the WTA singles rankings, will face American Danielle Collins (WTA 53rd) in the first round of the U.S. Open in New York, starting on Monday

The 24-year old Kontaveit, and Collins, 26, have never met before. Both appeared in the U.S. Open warmer tournament, WTA Cincinnati, held in New York for coronavirus-related reasons, this week. Collins had to concede defeat to Jil Teichmann (WTA 54th) in the first round of the tournament, who Kontaveit herself then overcame in straight sets (6:3, 6:4) in the next round.

Collins reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open last year, defeating the then-world number four Angelique Kerber in the process.

If Kontaveit gets through to round two, she will face the winner of Usue Arconada (U.S., WTA 140th) and Kaja Juvan (Slovenia, WTA 112th). Kontaveit could potentially meet Naomi Osaka (WTA 10th) in the fourth round. Osaka beat Kontaveit in three sets just two days ago in the Cincinnati tournament.

Kaia Kanepi (WTA 100th) was drawn against Czech player Katerina Siniakova (WTA 55th). Their previous meeting, in 2018 at Rome, saw Kanepi victorious over three sets. Kanepi, whose career-high ranking is 15th, could later meet WTA number two Sofia Kenin in the third round.

Traditionally the final grand slam event of the year, the U.S. Open is the first since the coronavirus pandemic hit, leading to the cancelation of the French Open and the Wimbledon Champpionships. The event is taking place without spectators, the first time this has happened in the 143-year history of Grand Slam events.

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