ROME – For the second week in a row, Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit on Thursday defeated the United States Venus Williams 6-2, 7-6 (3), to reach the quarterfinals of the Italian Open, a WTA clay court tournament held in Rome.
Kontaveit needed one hour and 19 minutes to earn her second consecutive win over the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, after overcoming world No. 9, Venus.
The 22-year-old Kontaveit eased to seal the first set, breaking her rival’s serve twice, but the second was more challenging for the Estonian player, as she fell 3-0 behind.
Venus, however, saw her advantage vanishing, as she conceded her serve in the fifth game.
Both players held their next service game without facing any break points, forcing the set into a tie break.
Venus trailed 6-0 in the tie break, and made Kontaveit sweat a little more, but she eventually lost the match.
In her second consecutive quarterfinal appearance in Rome, Kontaveit is scheduled to play Danish Caroline Wozniacki, world No. 2, or Russian Anastasija Sevastova.
Kontaveit hopes for a better outcome than her previous last-8 clash in Rome, when she lost to Romanian Simona Halep.