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Second seed Kontaveit falls to world No 97 Niemeier
Kontaveit has not reached the third round of a Grand Slam this year
Niemeier took an early break in the first set and held on to that to win the first set 6-4. She then won six games in a row to complete the 6-4, 6-0 win in 59 minutes.
This is the third consecutive early exit for Kontaveit at a Major this year – she lost in the second round of the Australian Open and the first round of Roland-Garros.
This was 22-year-old Niemeier’s first career win in a Grand Slam event in just her second appearance in the main draw at a Major.
The German will next meet Lesia Tsurenko, who upset 29th seed Anhelina Kalinina 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
” I tried to come back very quickly” – Kontaveit on her COVID-19 experience
In her post-match press conference, Kontaveit said she has had a tough time since contracting COVID-19 a few months ago.
“Well, I had it a couple, two months ago, I think, or something like that,” Kontaveit said. “Then I tried to come back very quickly. I started training. It was low intensity, but I was still training every day. I think that was where I went wrong. Just thinking back at it, I probably should have given myself more time to recover. Then I tried to play Rome. I mean, it was very difficult physically. It was a hot day. I remember it was very, very tough. “
“Also, at the French, I really struggled. I had like really big energy dips, and I was tired all the time. It was tough to wake up. I slept a lot all the time. So, then after the French, I tried to start training again, and it just got worse. I started feeling more and more tired. Then I decided to take a complete break for a couple of weeks, I think, and I felt like my energy was starting to come back.”