Anett Kontaveit downs Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber falls in Toronto

  • Anett Kontaveit downs Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber falls in Toronto

Anett Kontaveit downs Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber falls in Toronto

"It worked in the end", said Kontaveit, who converted her first match point in the following game when Sharapova sent a service return long.

"Unfortunately, I just haven't had that yet, so will just hopefully try to build on it".

The 2009 runner-up saw victory slip through her grasp, beaten 4-6 6-3 6-4 by Kontaveit.

The 19-year-old from Odessa is having a breakout season after claiming two titles and producing a spirited run to the last 16 at Wimbledon.

It was only her 12th match of the season due to a persistent shoulder injury, and Sharapova admits her confidence is struggling right now. "I'm going to be coming up against tough players, long matches, and there are always going to be tests, and I always have to play my best tennis no matter who I play, so it will just take time to build that confidence again, because I have struggled with it for a long time".

Statistics reveal how on a knife edge the match was - Kontaveit only hit one more victor (26 to 25) and committed just a single forced error fewer (35 to 36) to her opponent, avenging the 2017 defeat by the Russian in Stuttgart, the only previous encounter between the pair.

Sharapova said Monday's physical battle showed she'd made progress since Wimbledon. "Definitely not the result I would have liked, but overall feeling pretty good about it".

"I'm just happy with the win today and that I'm through to the next round", said Wozniacki, who was also runner-up in 2017.

Former French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko triumphed but three-time major champion Angelique Kerber - the 12th seed - was shocked by Daria Kasatkina 0-6 6-2 6-4.

Former Australian Open victor Caroline Wozniacki moved through to the second round, while Serena Williams will open her campaign against Elise Mertens.

Denmark's Wozniacki, seeded 15th, shook off an early break of service, rallying from 2-4 down in the opening set to win in 90 minutes. "We'll see what happens tomorrow when they're playing, and I think we can talk about the next match when they're finished, when they're finished playing each other". Despite the lopsided scoreline, Bencic needed four match points to close it out. But she hasn't played in Toronto since as her precocious WTA rise was stalled by a string of injuries.