Anett Kontaveit, the second-seeded Estonian, was eliminated from Wimbledon in the second round on Wednesday after losing to big-serving German Jule Niemeier, who is establishing a name for herself in just her first appearance at the Championships, 6-4, 6-0. Kontaveit’s first game on grass this season.
The 26-year-old Kontaveit was unable to return the German’s powerful groundstrokes and seemed increasingly dejected as she struggled to find her range on the bright No. 1 court.
After Kontaveit put yet another shot into the net on match point, Niemeier, 22, who is currently ranked 97 in the world after injury issues hampered her early development, leaped and punched the air.
In a game that lasted less than an hour, the Estonian, who hasn’t had as much success this season as she did at the end of 2021, committed 24 unforced mistakes.
In 29 attempts, Kontaveit from Estonia has just once reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam.
Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine or Lesia Tsurenko, another player from the country’s war-torn country, will be Niemeier’s opponents in the third round of a major for the first time.
It’s incredible, “She informed a cheering luncheon throng. “It’s one of the biggest victories I’ve ever had in my career.”
Before their match on a show court, Niemeier said that she was anxious. However, “I adore playing on grass because it suits my game.”
Karolina Pliskova, who finished second at Wimbledon last year, won a different match on Wednesday with ease. To advance to the second round, the former World No. 1 upset fellow Czech Tereza Martincova 7-6(1), 7-5 over two days.
6th seed Pliskova, 61st in the world Tuesday night, Martincova and Pliskova squared off, with Pliskova just escaping with the opening set after an early break. At 5-5 in the second set, when the match was abandoned due to lateness, there was no difference between the two players.
On Wednesday, Pliskova returned to Court 1 and immediately broke Martincova before serving out the victory. Martincova and Pliskova both made the same total amount of unforced mistakes, but Pliskova significantly outshot Martincova with 29 wins to Martincova’s 12.
The 30-year-old Pliskova will make a comeback on Thursday to play Katie Boulter of Great Britain in the second round. The two previous matches between Pliskova and Boulter were split, with the Brit’s victory occurring just last week on the Eastbourne lawns.
Tan and Tamara Korpatsch were slated to face Nadiia Kichenok and Raluca Olaru, the 15th-seeded team, in the opening round. Peangtarn Plipuech and Valentini Grammatikopoulou have taken their places in the draw.
On Thursday, Tan will compete against Sara Sorribes Tormo, who is ranked 32, in the second round of the singles competition.
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