Wimbledon 2022: Second seed Kontaveit defeated in second round

Published:Mar 10, 202422:30
Wimbledon 2022: Second seed Kontaveit defeated in second round

Second seed Anett Kontaveit tumbled out of Wimbledon within the second spherical on Wednesday, thumped 6-4, 6-0 by big-serving Jule Niemeier, who's making a mark on her first look on the Championships.

The 26-year-old Kontaveit couldn't counter the German's large groundstrokes and appeared progressively extra downhearted as she failed to search out her vary on a sunny No.1 court docket.

Estonian Kontaveit has talked about struggling fatigue this yr following a COVID-19 an infection and has not performed a match because the French Open final month the place she was crushed within the first spherical.

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She appeared out of kinds towards Niemeier, spraying groundstrokes lengthy and extensive and making 24 unforced errors in a match lasting 58 minutes.

Niemeier, 22, and ranked 97 on this planet after harm issues disrupted her early progress on the tour, jumped and punched the air when Kontaveit put yet one more shot into the online on match level.

"It is wonderful," she informed an appreciative lunchtime crowd. "It is one of many biggest wins of my profession thus far."

Niemeier mentioned she was nervous earlier than the match on a present court docket. "However I like to play on grass ... it fits my sport."

She is going to play both Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko who beat compatriot Anhelina Kalinina 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

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Each gamers had spoken of the pressure of pursuing their careers following Russia's invasion of their nation and Tsurenko wore a yellow and blue ribbon on her white high.

Kalinina, the twenty ninth seed who described on Monday how her household dwelling had been broken by Russian shelling, opted to not comply with go well with.

Tsurenko, 33, used her additional expertise to put on down her opponent and transfer by way of to the third spherical towards Germany's Jule Niemeier who beat second seed Anett Kontaveit.

Reaching the third spherical is price 90,000 kilos ($109,000) this yr and Tsurenko is donating 10 per cent of her prize cash to assist her fellow Ukrainians affected by the battle.

She is the final Ukrainian participant left within the singles after Marta Kostyuk was knocked out by Zhang Shuai.

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