World No.2 Anett Kontaveit crashed out of the second spherical of the 2022 US Open within the fingers of 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams. Regardless of enjoying good tennis, she misplaced the match in three units 6-7(4),6-2,2-6.
All of the limelight of the match was on Serena given the excessive stakes. That is Serena’s farewell match as she introduced just a few weeks in the past that she’d be retiring from the game after the US Open.
So Kontaveit had the possibility to retire Serena and given the American’s type, the No.2 seed was the favourite to win the match. However she succumbed to stress and couldn’t capitalize on the vital moments of the match. Serena’s serve was a bit of an excessive amount of for her at instances however the principle motive for her loss is that she wasn’t capable of ship underneath stress.
The group was clearly pro-Serena because it’s this might’ve been the final match of her profession however at instances, it regarded like unintentionally, they had been going in opposition to Kontaveit too. The fixed cheering on her errors, and booing on shut calls had been among the issues that had been uncalled for.
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Anett Kontaveit breaks down within the press convention after shedding to Serena Williams
Addressing the post-match press convention, Kontaveit broke down halfway whereas answering a query in Estonian and stormed out of the press room in tears. At first, she was completely satisfied together with her play and spoke extremely about Serena till an Estonian reporter whether or not there was any distinction between shedding and shedding to Serena.
“I undoubtedly had no disgrace shedding to Serena, it was very troublesome with the group,” she stated with tears in her eyes earlier than she broke down and left the press room.
The reporter who later requested the query apologized for his unintentional mistake that triggered Kontaveit. “I’m sorry. It wasn’t my intention in any respect. I used to be simply thanking her for the best match that one Estonian can expertise by way of tv. She informed that she don’t need to be embarrassed by loss in opposition to Serena and that the group was actually exhausting, and that was it,” he revealed.
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