On Monday, Estonian top tennis player Anett Kontaveit, ranked 21st on the WTA singles rankings, got through to the round of 64 in the U.S. Open after defeating American Danielle Collins 2:1 (5:7, 6:2, 6:2) in the first round.
The opening set of the match-up was tight until Collins broke Kontaveit's serve and took a 5:2 lead which Kontaveit was able to equalize. After a shaky finish however, including a critical double fault, Kontaveit dropped the first set 5:7.
A quick 2:0 start in the second set for the Estonian showed what was to come, as Kontaveit was able to close the second 6:2, taking the match into the deciding set.
In the final set, the 24-year old Estonian was able to break Collins' serve in the fourth, taking that into a 4:1 lead. The whole match-up lasted for two hours and seven minutes, as Kontaveit closed the final set 6:2, winning the match 2:1 (5:7, 6:2, 6:2).
Kontaveit said after the match: "[Collins] came out playing great. "I think she was hitting it really strong, moving me around the court, hitting winners. I felt like I played the same the whole match, I was just really trying to stay tough, maintain my level, and I feel like I did that really well."
She said she never stopped believing she could come back after dropping the first set. "I just had to stay really tough and fight as hard as I could, and I managed to do that. It definitely helped that I had played a lot of matches and had to get through a lot of tough matches," Kontaveit commented.
Kontaveit will face Slovenian WTA 113rd ranked Kaja Juvan in the round of 64. As of Tuesday morning, that match is scheduled for 6 p.m. Estonian time.
The second Estonian tennis player at the tournament, Kaia Kanepi (WTA 99th) will face off against Czech player Katerina Siniakova at 9.30 p.m. Estonian time on Tuesday, but as tennis can be an unpredictable game, the start time of the match is subject to change.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste