Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit is the biggest upset of Wimbledon 2022 so far, as the second seed fell to world No.97 Jule Niemeier 6-4 6-0 in the second round on Wednesday.
Playing her first event alongside new coach Torben Beltz, Kontaveit spent just 58 minutes on Court One as she never even earned a break point against the German who is making only her second appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam.
In the first round of Wimbledon, the third-ranked Kontaveit snapped her three-match losing streak with victory over Bernarda Pera, but on Wednesday she was absolutely dominated by Niemeier, who recorded her first ever Top 10 win.
The 26-year-old Kontaveit has been suffering from COVID-19 long-term effects and she came to Wimbledon without having preparation at grass-court tournaments this season.
The 2017 Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, seeded ninth this year, also made an early exit as she fell to Belgium’s Greet Minnen 6-4 6-0 in the first round.
Meanwhile, sixth seed Karolina Pliskova finished the first-round match she started on Tuesday night, beating fellow Czech Tereza Martincova 7-6(1) 7-5.