Venus loses to Kontaveit in round 1 of Madrid Open

ABS-CBN Sports on May 06, 2018 08:36 AM
Venus loses to Kontaveit in round 1 of Madrid Open
FILE - Venus Williams returns a shot to opponent and sister Serena Williams during the third round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., Monday, March 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Crystal Chatham)

MADRID (AP) — Venus Williams lost to Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the first round of the Madrid Open on Saturday.

Kontaveit rallied from a set down to beat the eighth-seeded Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on the outdoor clay court.

"I'd lost to her two times already, and so I had nothing to lose," Kontaveit said. "I didn't go out there feeling scared. I do feel like I can challenge anybody here, so I was feeling good to go on the court."

Kontaveit was coming off a semifinal run in Stuttgart last week. Williams was playing her first clay match of the year, though she has passed the second round only once in Madrid.

Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina beat Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-2 after breaking her serve five times.

Irina-Camelia Begu beat fifth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3, and Kristina Mladenovic also upset 12th-seeded Coco Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-0.

Sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova and seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia advanced.

Two-time defending champion and top-ranked Simona Halep opens on Sunday, along with Gabrine Muguruza, Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova.

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