ROME – Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit, world No. 68, beat Croatian veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni on Thursday, to seal her place in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open.
Kontaveit, who came from the preliminary phase, surprised everyone on Tuesday by eliminating world No. 1, German Angelique Kerber, and confirmed her talent on Thursday by beating Lucic-Baroni 6-1, 6-1 in just 54 minutes.
In her first participation in Rome, the 21-year-old Estonian showed her talent and validated her ability to compete with high-profile rivals, as she also beat Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza in Stuttgart.
In the quarterfinals, Kontaveit is set to face the winner of the match between Romania’s Simona Halep, the recent Madrid champion, and Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.