The world watched Serena Williams prolong her profession with an exciting U.S. Open victory over Anett Kontaveit on Wednesday night time.
Whereas Williams’ triumph was an unforgettable second for a lot of sports activities followers, it additionally needed to be a surreal expertise for Kontaveit.
A packed Arthur Ashe Stadium, together with Tiger Woods and different stars, had been firmly in Serena’s nook. However the No. 2-ranked Kontaveit took the second-round elimination in stride.
“One day ur in Soho drinking boba with ur mum the next day ur playing tennis against Serena in front of Zendaya,” Kontaveit wrote Thursday on Instagram. “Life is crazy.”
Per Justin Terranova of the New York Post, Kontaveit acknowledged throughout her press convention that the matchup was “something I never experienced” earlier than. But she credited Williams for incomes a hard-fought victory in three units.
“I thought I didn’t play a bad match at all,” Kontaveit mentioned. “She definitely raised her level in the third set. She played amazing. In the first set, she was serving so well in these important moments. I fought really hard, thought I played a decent match. She was better today.”
It was nonetheless a troublesome state of affairs for the 26-year-old, who left the press convention in tears after a query in her native Estonian tongue.
Kontaveit has climbed to No. 2 on the planet rankings with six profession singles wins, however she’s but to advance previous the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. Hopefully she will be able to return to New York with a hotter welcome subsequent yr.