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Estonian Qualifier Stuns Top Seed Cornet

Anett Kontaveit scored her first WTA main draw win over Alizé Cornet at the Collector Swedish Open. Three other seeds were also beaten Tuesday.

Published July 15, 2014 12:14

Estonian Qualifier Stuns Top Seed Cornet
Anett Kontaveit

BASTAD, Sweden - Three qualifiers surprised seeded opponents Tuesday in first round play at the Collector Swedish Open, led by WTA Rising Star Anett Kontaveit's upset of top-seeded Alizé Cornet.

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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.

Another upset saw Dinah Pfizenmaier beat No.8 seed Polona Hercog, 7-5, 7-6(5). Hercog came into this event 10-0 in Bastad, having captured her two WTA titles here in 2011 and 2012.

"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."

The one seed to advance out of the first round so far in this tournament was No.6 seed and WTA Rising Star Annika Beck, who broke serve 10 times during a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Katarzyna Piter.

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