Australian Open: Jelena Ostapenko ousted after losing to Anett Kontaveit

Updated: 20 January, 2018 12:47 IST | Agencies | Melbourne

French Open champ and Latvia's World No. 7 becomes latest big name to crash out after 3-6, 6-1, 3-6 defeat to Estonian 32nd seed Anett Kontaveit

Latvias Jelena Ostapenko shows her frustration during the Aus Open third-round tie against Estonias Anett Kontaveit yesterday. pic/afp
Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko shows her frustration during the Aus Open third-round tie against Estonia's Anett Kontaveit yesterday. Pic/AFP

French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko became the latest big name to crash out of the women's field at the Australian Open after suffering a 3-6, 6-1, 3-6 shock defeat to Estonian 32nd-seed Anett Kontaveit. In an all-Baltic third-round battle on Margaret Court Arena, Kontaveit prevailed over her Latvian opponent in an hour and 53 minutes.

Seventh seed Ostapenko had her left thigh heavily strapped after losing the first set and, although she took the second comprehensively, it was Estonian Kontaveit who prevailed in the decider to win the tie. Ostapenko's exit means there are only two former Grand Slam champions left in the draw in Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber, and they clash in the third round on today.

Estonian Anett Kontaveit
Estonian Anett Kontaveit

Wozniacki advances
World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki stormed into the Last 16 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. She next faces 19th seed Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia for a place in the quarter-finals.

Svitolina's sweet victory
Fourth seed Elina Svitolina ended the Australian Open hopes of young teenage pretender Marta Kostyuk yesterday. Kostyuk, at just 15, was the youngest Melbourne Park third round contestant since Swiss Miss Martina Hingis in 1996, and was hailed after her previous win as the future of tennis. But she still has a lot to learn with fellow Ukrainian Svitolina handing out a 6-2, 6-2 lesson.

Two No. of former Grand Slam champions left in the draw — Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber — after Ostapenko's loss

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First Published: 20 January, 2018 10:47 IST

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