Both Estonian tennis players out of Wimbledon in opening round

Kaia Kanepi (left) and Anett Kontaveit
Kaia Kanepi (left) and Anett Kontaveit Source: Anna Aurelia Minev/ERR

Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi's Wimbledon tournament was limited to just the opening round Kanepi was defeated 4:6, 2:6 by Belarusian Liudmila Samsonova on Tuesday. Anett Kontaveit's tournament was also cut short in the opening round, as she fell 6:2, 4:6, 2:6 to Czech player Marketa Vondroušova.

Samsonova's defeat of Kanepi was the 22-year old Belarusian's first win on the main draw of Wimbledon and also just the second time the player has advanced from the opening round.

It took the Belarusian an hour to bounce Kanepi from the tournament. The Estonian fell behind 1:3 in the opening set and while she was able to equalize the set at 3:3, Samsonova realized a 6:4 set victory in the first. The Belarusian took a 4:0 lead in the second set and eventually finished with a 6:2 set and match victory.

Top Estonian player Anett Kontaveit saw her opening round match on Tuesday postponed due to rain in the area, and the match was played the next day.

The Estonian started well, winning four consecutive games from 2:2 to take the first set. The players exchanged game victories throughout the second set with Vondroušova finally taking the set 6:4. The Czech continued strong into the deciding set and opened a 4:1 lead, which Kontaveit was not able to climb out of it and Vondroušova closed the match with a 6:2 set victory.

In an interesting coincidence, Vondroušova was eventually defeated by 18-year British player Emma Raducanu in the second round. The young player is coached by Kontaveit's former coach Nigel Sears, avenging the Estonian's loss in some strange form.


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