THRASHED: Anett Kontaveit Knocks Out Bianca Andreescu Ahead of Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/23/2021, 11:40 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Canada’s Bianca Andreescu during her second round match against Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


The grass-court season for both the men’s and the women’s singles continue to spin surprises before the start of Wimbledon. At the ongoing WTA Eastbourne International, young Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu faced an early exit in the second round against Anett Kontaveit, 3-6,2-6.

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Right from the start, Kontaveit started to build pressure on her return games as Andreescu fumbled on her first-serves. However, the Estonian also couldn’t handle the heat of the moment and lost her service games as well.

Tennis – WTA 500 – bett1 Open – Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, Berlin, Germany – June 16, 2021 Canada’s Bianca Andreescu in action during her round of 16 match against France’s Alize Cornet REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

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After making a promising start to the tournament by defeating Christina McHale in the first round, Andreescu looked completely out of place against Kontaveit.

The first set between the two was a roller-coaster ride, but the Canadian‘s inability to win free points on both her serves allowed Anett Kontaveit to run away with the set, 6-3.

Apr 3, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada hits a forehand against Ashleigh Barty of Australia (not pictured) in the women’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Kontaveit stuns Bianca Andreescu to move to the quarter-final of WTA Eastbourne

Even in the second set, it was Kontaveit who got the opportunity to break first as the Canadian’s struggles on serve continued. But Andreescu ensured that she didn’t lose another service game and kept her hopes alive of staying in the contest.

As expected, a vulnerable service game from the Estonian put Andreescu right back into the match. Serving to level the match at 4-4, the young Canadian made unforced errors from both the wings and gifted the game to Kontaveit.

The momentum suddenly shifted towards the Estonian as she served for the match at 5-3. To handle the slippery nature of the grass, Andreescu implemented both the forehand and backhand slice for a large portion of the match.

But, the technique didn’t work out as Kontaveit sailed through her service game, thanks to the innumerable unforced errors from the Canadian’s racquet. It’s an unfortunate start for the grass-court for Andreescu as this performance will hinder her confidence ahead of Wimbledon Championships.

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With this stunning victory against Bianca Andreescu, Kontaveit progresses to the quarter-finals at WTA Eastbourne International and faces Viktorija Golubic in the last eight.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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