CINCINNATI, Ohio (REUTERS) – Estonian Anett Kontaveit ousted German 13th seed Angelique Kerber in the opening round of the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday (August 13th) 7-6 (7) 6-2.
The 23-year-old Kontaveit came down from 5: 3 and secured a target of 6: 5 on the way to the opening set against the former number 1 in the world.
She broke Kerber twice to win the second set, won the first nine points and two holds to love gave her a 4-0 lead.
Twelfth Swiss Belinda Bencic was eliminated with a foot injury after leaving former number 1 in the world, Victoria Azarenka from Belarus, 6: 4 and 1: 0.
Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, Zheng Saisai from China and Croatian Donna Vekic were among other early winners.
Alexandrova returned Carla Suarez Navarro from Spain 6: 4: 6: 1, Zheng defeated Viktoria Kuzmova from Slovakia 6: 3: 6: 1 and Vekic, who will face Azarenka in the second round, won 6: 4 : 6: 3 against the Czech Republic Katerina Siniakova.
Serena Williams will play a night game in her first tournament since retiring from the Rogers Cup final in Toronto on Sunday due to a back problem.
The American with the tenth seed meets the Kazakh girl Zarina Diyas.