Estonian Qualifier Stuns Top Seed Cornet
Published July 15, 2014 12:14
World No.161 Kontaveit's 7-6(3), 6-3 defeat of World No.21 Cornet was not only the best win of the 18-year-old Estonian's professional career, but it was her first WTA main draw win. And on top of that, this was the first time in tournament history that the top seed fell in the first round.
"Obviously I was really nervous playing her. She's such a good player," Kontaveit said. "I had to stay there mentally every point. It was really tough. I had to stay aggressive and control the points, and I managed to do that really well. I'm extremely happy with the way I played."
Also recording her first WTA main draw win and the best win of her pro career was World No.201 Laura Siegemund, who was a 7-5, 6-3 victor over fourth-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova. The German qualifier won 16 of 19 points on Shvedova's second serve, while breaking serve five times in her 300th professional win.
And yet another qualifier, Richel Hogenkamp, was a 6-3, 6-1 winner over fifth-seeded Anna Schmiedlova. The Dutch's best WTA outing was a quarterfinal showing here last year. Next up for her is Kaia Kanepi, who rallied from a two-break, 5-2 deficit in her 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 defeat of two-time Bastad runner-up Johanna Larsson.
"I won one point less than her, but I won the big points and played better in the tie-break," Pfizenmaier said. "I had a few problems with my serve, maybe because it was really windy, but overall I was more consistent, and I think I deserved the win."