Anett Kontaveit defeated Maria Sharapova in a three-set, opening-round match in Toronto to open her Rogers Cup campaign in style. Speaking in an on court interview, Kontaveit said: "It was a super close match, and I really felt the support of the crowd in the third set and in the end.
I was just trying to take it point by point and not think about the score that much. It worked in the end! I'm definitely really happy with the win and am excited to be moving on. She's a great competitor, and so it's definitely a really good win."
On her co-operation with coach Nigel Sears, Kontaveit added: "Yeah, I think it's going really well. I'm really happy with it. Yeah, I think I'm starting to understand him better and better every week. I'm really, really pleased with the way things are going.
He's quite, you know, strict with those specific things. Some are to do with footwork, some are to do with positioning, some are to do with how I start the points, all those different things. Yeah, there are quite a few things."
Asked what Sears tells her, Kontaveit, who is also committed to doubles with Timea Babos, concluded: "Attitude, mental competing and some just small, minor clean up things. Yeah, definitely always tells me to stay positive and, you know, forgive yourself, all sorts of messages like that."