In a day full of surprising upsets, Anett Kontaveit stole headlines with her staggering victory over the Swedish Open top seed Alize Cornet. It marked the Estonian qualifier’s biggest win on the professional tour and sends a message to other Top 30 WTA competitors.
Not only did the world No.161 defeat Cornet 7-6(3), 6-3, but she did so at age 18 and marked her first WTA main draw win. She also earned her only place in the tournament’s history, as it was the first time that the top seed fell in the first round of the Swedish Open.
“Obviously I was really nervous playing her. She’s such a good player,” Kontaveit said. “I had to stay there mentally every point. It was really tough. I had to stay aggressive and control the points, and I managed to do that really well. I’m extremely happy with the way I played.”
The other two notable upsets of the day included world No.201 Laura Siegemund’s 7-5, 6-3 win over fourth seed Yaroslava Shvedova, and Richel Hogenkamp, who got another straight set win over a top seed when she defeated fifth-seeded Anna Schmiedlova 6-3, 6-1.
To add to the exceptional array of upsets, Dinah Pfizenmaier defeated eighth seed Polona Hercog, 7-5, 7-6(5). The only surviving seed so far is No. 6 Annika Beck, who defeated Katarzyna Piter 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the second round.