Anett Kontaveit impressed for Estonia while Jelena Ostapenko found some form for Latvia.
WTA Staff
February 9, 2018

Anett Kontaveit impressed for Estonia in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I, helping her team to a 2-1 win over Portugal by racking up wins in both singles and doubles. 

Estonia now face Great Britain for first place in the three-team Pool B.

Portugal got off to a flying start when Francisca Jorge beat Katrin Saar 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 14 minutes, but the World No.27 turned things around in her match against Ines Murta. She took the first set 6-2, and then the Portuguese No.1 was forced to retire hurt with the score at 1-1 in the second. 

Kontaveit then paired up with Saara Orav to take on Jorge and Maria Joao Kohler in the doubles, winning in straight sets but requiring a tie-break for each.

Elsewhere, Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko beat Poland’s Magda Linette 6-3, 6-3, an apparent return to form after her surprise defeat on Wednesday to Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay.

Team-mate Anastasija Sevastova, the World No. 15, had got Latvia off to a good start with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Magdalena Frech in the opening rubber.

"I played a lot better today," Ostapenko said afterwards. "I think it's very big for our country to have two top-20 players at the same time, so if we play our best, I think we have a good chance to finish top of our group.”

Linette and Alicja Rosolska earned Poland a consolation win in the doubles by beating Diana Marcinkevica and Daniela Vismane 6-1, 6-0.

Meanwhile, Buyukakcay’s run of form continued, coming back from a set down and saving two match points to beat Austria's Barbara Haas 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.

Earlier, Austria's Julia Grabher had come back from 5-2 down in the final set of the opening rubber against Basak Eraydin to win 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.

It was all down to the doubles, and Buyukakcay and Ayla Aksu beat Haas and Grabher 6-2, 7-6(5) to take the win.

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