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Watch- World number 2 Anett Kontaveit breaks down following defeat from Serena Williams and crowd booing

Anett Kontaveit was in tears following boos from the crowd after losing to Serena Williams.
Anett Kontaveit
Anett Kontaveit (Image source: Twitter)

World Number 2 Women Tennis star Anett Kontaveit was defeated by Serena Williams in the US Open 2022 by 6-7 (4), 6-2, 2-6 to crash out of the tournament in shocking fashion.

Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam winner, is on the verge of retirement and was ranked outside of 600 before the US Open. Her emphatic win came after a two-hour 27 minutes dramatic match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Naturally, the home crowd erupted as Serena Williams gave a performance of a lifetime despite remaining out of the game for a long time. The crowd, however, went overboard with their celebrations when they started to boo Kontaveit in the match and after it.

The number two ranked tennis star was in full control of her emotions on the court and took the defeat with grace. It was, however, in the post-match conference when the weight of her defeat and the following crowd reaction broke Kontaveit down.

At the conference, she said that it was understandable that the crowd wanted an American to win the match. However, minutes later when a journalist comforted the Estonian saying she does not have to be embarrassed about losing to Serena Williams and adding that the crowd were indeed too hard on her, Kontaveit broke down.

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The 26-year-old agreed to Journalists but broke down while speaking and left the press room in a jest.

Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slams in her career, is considered the greatest female tennis player in the history of the sport. She did not even feature in the top 600 female tennis players ahead of the tournament and remained unceded. After winnings back-to-back matches in the first two rounds of the US Open 2022, however, the 40-year-old is en route to a sensational win and hopefully ending her career on a high.

The defeated number two player Kontaveit had claimed that Williams could go all the way and win the tournament. “I think Serena played very well. I know there are players who are in top-form but Serena can outplay anyone as she did with me,” said Anett Kontaveit.

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