Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit, along with her partner Darja Kasatkina, is through to the second round of the WTA 500 doubles' tournament held in Abu Dhabi.
The Estonian-Russian pair defeated Belarusians Lidziya Marozava and Aliaksandra Sasnovich 2:1 [6:7 (8), 7:6 (4), 10:5].
After dropping the first set, Kontaveit and Kasatkina also fell to a 2:5 deficit in the second, but then won three games straight to tie the set before taking the tie-break 7:4. The pair continued their good streak in the deciding set, breaking the opponents' serve and taking a 2:0 lead. While they lost a point on their own serve, a strong push in the end took Kontaveit and Kasatkina to the second round after a total of two hours and one minute.
The Estonian-Russian pair will meet the winner of Hayley Carter / Luisa Stefan against Elena Rybakina / Yaroslava Shvedova
Kontaveit is out of the tournament's singles' competition after taking a straight set loss to Veronika Kudermetova on Wednesday.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste