Estonian tennis star Anett Kontaveit couldn't hide her happiness after ending her losing streak as she is happy to have gotten off to a positive start to her Wimbledon campaign.
On Monday, Kontaveit snapped her three-match losing as she defeated Bernarda Pera 7-5 6-1 in the Wimbledon first round.
After finishing her clay season with three consecutive losses, Kontaveit was forced to miss two grass events due to the after effects of COVID-19.
Kontaveit's preparation for Wimbledon was far from good or perfect but she was able to make a positive to her campaign at The All England Club and clinch her first win since April.
"It's been pretty exciting, being seeded second. I'm really excited to be playing again and really happy that I can compete here," Kontaveit said, per the WTA website. "A month ago, I was really having a hard time. I really wouldn't have come here if I wasn't feeling like I could play a match, compete at the highest level. I've been feeling better. I mean, there's some times I felt dips in my energy from time to time. But I've been managing it, trying to prepare the best that I can [and] take the most out of the situation I'm in."
Kontaveit ousted Pera
Kontaveit got off to a good start to the match, taking an early 3-0 lead.
After the opening five games, Kontaveit had a 4-1 lead.
Then, Pera claimed back-to-back breaks and won four games in a row to completely overturn the deficit and take a 5-4 lead.
Just when it seemed the moment was completely on Pera's side, the American failed to serve out for the first set in the 10th game.
After breaking back Pera in the 10th game, Kontaveit broke her again in the 12th game – when the American was serving to stay in the first set.
Pera never recovered from failing to close out the first set as Kontaveit started the second set with a 5-0 lead and served out for the match in the seventh game.
Kontaveit plays Jule Niemeier next.
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