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Anett Kontaveit tearfully leaves her press conference after losing the Serena Williams US Open, admitting that the raucous Arthur Ashe crowd was ‘very difficult’… as the Estonian journalist who asked the last question insists ‘it wasn’t my intention ‘
- The Estonian burst into tears during her post-match press conference, then walked away after her three-set defeat to Serena Williams
- Kontaveit entered the tournament as a favorite thanks to her world ranking No. 2
- Williams used all her experience and trickery to scrape past the feisty Est
- The 23-time singles slam champion will face Ajla Tomljanovic . on Friday evening
Annett Kontaveit left her media duties with tears in her eyes after the second-round loss to Serena Williams at the US Open on Wednesday night.
Estonian World No. 2 could no longer contain her emotions and started to cry when she asked a question from a reporter in her native language.
“I mean, it was hard… it was something I’ve never experienced before,” she said.
The 26-year-old was courteous in her assessment of the pro-Williams crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium, but admitted it was taking its toll.
“I don’t think it’s a personal attack on me or anything. I mean, it’s fair. I was absolutely not ashamed to lose to Serena. It was very difficult with the public.’
Kontaveit, of course, entered the tournament as one of the favorites for the women’s title, but succumbed to the brilliance of Williams, who viciously fought back to take a 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 win.
The arguably overblown procession continues for the modern tennis matriarch, but it’s the end of the road for Kontaveit, who has struggled to impress at this year’s grand slams.
Annett Kontaveit showed her emotions when she was supported by an Estonian journalist
Kontaveit nearly sent shockwaves through Arthur Ashe Stadium before Serena Williams stormed home to take the captivating second-round encounter in three sets – 6-7, 6-2, 6-2
“I didn’t think I played a bad game at all,” Kontaveit said during the press conference.
“She definitely raised her level in the third set. She played great. In the first set, she served so well in these key moments.
“I fought really hard, I thought I played a decent game. She was better today. It was her moment.
The blonde sensation held it together until she was asked a question in Estonian
“I was trying to do my own thing. This is, of course, all about her. I was well aware of that.’
Gunnar Leheste was the reporter who sparked his compatriot’s emotional response,
‘My apologies. It wasn’t my intention at all,” he said via Twitter.
‘I was just thanking her for the most beautiful match an Estonian can experience on television.
Serena Williams plays against Ajla Tomljanovic in a raw Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday night
“She said she didn’t have to be ashamed of losing to Serena and that the crowd was really loud, and that was it.”
Williams now advances to the third round of her latest grand slam, in what could again be her last game.
The 40-year-old mother will take on Australian Ajla Tomljanovic, who sent off Evgeniya Rodina in three sets on Tuesday – 1-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Tiger Woods managed to distance himself from the PGA Tour-LIV Golf drama to support Williams
Before Friday’s ravishing showdown, Williams heads to court with sister Venus on Thursday night as the powerful pair take on Czech duo Linda Noskova and Lucie Hradecka.
Williams had the crowd on her side throughout the match, including some faces of Flushing Meadows.
Tiger Woods, the Hadid sisters and actress Zendaya were among the celebrities in attendance as the US Open fairy tale continued.
Gigi (center left) and Bella Hadid (center right) seemed to be enjoying themselves Wednesday night