Qinwen Zheng defeats Estonia’s Anett Kontaveidi in three sets (6-1, 4-6, 7-6(7)) in her duel in the first round of the WTA 500 series in Adelaide.
The high-flying game starts the day at WTA Adelaidetowards Zheng and Kontaveit. Anett Kontaveit He starts his season with the intention of adding a good number of points, aiming to defend the actions of the last seasons and return to the Top 10, where he was placed for a long time. The Estonian is ranked sixth in the tournament and has been trying to get to the Australian Open with good feelings for a year without positive results in Grand Slam tournaments.
For him Qinwen Zheng He became one of the players to watch very seriously in this 2023 season, after being named the Irruption of the Year in 2022. The Chinese finished last season to enter the Top 30, and now he is looking to make a strong impact at the Grand Slam.
Zheng, Mistress of Battle
A great start to the match for Zheng, who made a quick break in the second game and took the lead on the scoreboard. Kontaveit couldn’t find his game, but still created opportunities to return to the break. However, the strength of the Asian player was overwhelming, and he did not give up in his rotations. Even the lead was getting bigger at the second break. The Chinese ended the first set 6-1.
Again the direction was in favor of the young Chinese, again with a fast break leading to a result of 4-2. Options began to slip away from the Estonian, until Anett herself managed to radically change the course of the set. After adding four games in a row, Kontaveiti lost the other hand 6-4.
In the third period, it was all even, although a small difference may be the key to the imbalance in the balance. The Estonian barely had a chance of a break in the entire set, so the definition had to be determined through a tiebreak. Like the whole game, this tie would be point to point. On this note, Zheng saved the match point and signed the final numbers 9-7.