No.5 seed Anett Kontaveit fought back from a one-set deficit before advancing to the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, defeating two-time champion Angelique 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Stuttgart on Wednesday.
It took just over two hours for 2019 Stuttgart runner-up Kontaveit to overcome former World No.1 Angie, the top German player on tour. Kontaveit is now 5-1 overall against Angelique.
Reported by WTA Staff
Each player broke serve four times in the closely-contested affair, but Kontaveit held on down the stretch, fending off a third-set surge by Kerber. Kontaveit had 37 winners to just 24 unforced errors in the clash between the Top 20 players.
Kerber, who won back-to-back titles on home soil in Stuttgart in 2015 and 2016, only won one fewer point than Kontaveit in the match as a whole. But Kerber was ultimately undone by 30 unforced errors, outpacing her 26 winners.