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Estonian Anett Kontaveit left her press conference in tears after her loss to the American star

US Open organizers have been slammed for their treatment of Estonian Anett Kontaveit in her second-round loss to Serena Williams, while the New York crowd were stigmatized “repugnant” by some observers for his behavior on Wednesday night.

In what she hinted will be her final tournament, Williams rolled back the years by stunning second seed Kontaveit in three sets, 7-6 2-6 6-2, to book a place in the third round and delight a wild crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

It was the type of win that was the archetype for Williams for much of her glittering career, but has become a rarity in recent years as injuries and age have taken their toll on the 23-time World Cup champion. Singles Grand Slam.

The 40-year-old’s alleged swansong in New York has been accompanied by gushing tributes from organizers – as was the case at the Canadian Open and Cincinnati Masters last month – although some found the ceremony daunting. pre-match disrespectful towards Kontaveit, who was made to wait for her lower-ranked rival’s furious march towards the court.

“Once again US Open organizers took Serena Williams’ opponent onto the court (in this case second seed Anett Kontaveit) before playing a montage. Very disrespectful” tweeted Times tennis correspondent Stuart Fraser.

“It’s quite simple. Play the montage, present Serena to a great reception, then the higher ranked opponent last (as is normally the case in most tournaments). This way, no one left the court waiting. Everybody is happy. Do.”

Others took issue with the behavior of the feverish Flushing Meadows crowd, which applauded Kontaveit’s unforced errors and greeted its winners with muted applause at best.

“Serena played well. Congratulations to her. Still [that] was the most disgusting crowd I have ever seen at a tennis match. Not a single applause for Kontaveit’s good play. Kudos when she scored a serve. Where in the world did the US Open find such an uncivilized group of people to fill the stands? » read an online comment from a disgruntled fan.

Those sentiments were echoed elsewhere, although others argued that Williams’ status made her worthy of entering the boxing style, also saying it was only natural that the crowd – which included a liberal pinch of stars such as golfer Tiger Woods – get upset. in support of their icon, even as the referee tried in vain to calm them down.

Kontaveit, 26, was gracious in her loss and praised Williams, but the ordeal seemed to catch up with her as she ended up leaving her post-match press conference in tears.

“I thought I didn’t have a bad match at all… She definitely upped her game in the third set. She played amazing” said the Estonian.

“In the first set, she served so well in those important moments. I fought really hard, I thought I played a decent match. She was better today.

“It was her moment. I was trying to do my own thing. Of course, it’s totally about her. I was very aware of that.

After the questions went through in Estonian and chatted with the crowd, Kontaveit gushed, saying: “I mean, it was hard…it was something I had never experienced before.

“I don’t think it’s a personal attack on me or anything. I mean, that’s right.

“I really had no shame losing against Serena… It was very difficult with the crowd.”

By contrast, Williams soaked up the cheers after what was her biggest victory in recent memory, and she then meets Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round after the Australian defeated Russian Evgeniya Rodina in their match on Wednesday.

Williams, who had indicated that she wanted to stay “vague” on her exact retirement plans after the first round in New York, said she had “Nothing to lose” as she continued her run on lap three.

“I love this crowd. There is still a little in me. We will see. I’m a pretty good player, that’s what I do best. I like challenges and I take up the challenge,” said the six-time champion, who also plays doubles in New York alongside her sister Venus.


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