Vondrousova upsets top seed Strycova, faces fellow first-time finalist Kontaveit for Biel title


Czech qualifier Marketa Vondrousova continued to sweep through the Ladies Open Biel Bienne draw, eliminating top seed Barbora Strycova in the semis and setting up a finals meeting with fellow debutante Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, who worked hard to get past Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

The world No.18 Strycova had a 5-2 lead in the opening set against Vondrousova and later a set point in the 12th game, but the tired youngster realized she should shorten rallies and attack, which proved to be a good strategy. Vondrousova managed to force a tiebreak and then showed her best tennis in it. The 17-year-old Vondrousova raced to a 5-2 lead in the second set and broke Strycova in what proved to be the last game of the match to record her biggest victory this week, 7-6(3) 6-2. In her first WTA semifinal, the 233rd-ranked Vondrousova won as many as 79% of points on her first serve.

Vondrousova’s opponent in the title match will be fellow first-time finalist Kontaveit, 21, who twice recovered from a break down in the third set to outlast Sasnovich 6-4 4-6 7-5.

It will be the first meeting between Vondrousova and Kontaveit. (photos: Jimmie48)


  1. I remember watching the highlights of the final. Anett is really good in English and she delivered a nice runner up speech. She’s the future of Estonia.


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