Tennis: Petra Kvitova's hot streak ended by Anett Kontaveit at Roland Garros

Petra Kvitova (left) shakes hands with Anett Kontaveit after their third round match  in the French Open in Paris on June 2, 2018.
Petra Kvitova (left) shakes hands with Anett Kontaveit after their third round match in the French Open in Paris on June 2, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (REUTERS) - Petra Kvitova's hot streak on clay ended in disappointing fashion as the Czech lost 7-6(6) 7-6(4) to Anett Kontaveit in a delayed French Open third round match on Saturday (June 2).

Kvitova, one of seven women's Grand Slam champions in action on Day Seven, was edged out in a tight tussle on Court One - snapping a 13-match winning run.

The eighth seed began in confident fashion against the Estonian she beat on the way to the Madrid title last month, but a 3-1 lead turned into a 5-3 deficit.

Kvitova recovered to take the opener into a tiebreak but Kontaveit, herself in fine form on clay, edged it 8-6.

Kontaveit rallied from 2-4 in the second set but squandered two match points when serving at 5-4 - missing two regulation forehands - and Kvitova dug in to level at 5-5.

The 25th seed served for the match again at 6-5 but faltered once more.

She received a gift in the tiebreak though when Kvitova slammed a smash long at 3-5 and although Kontaveit double-faulted on her first match point she sealed her first career win over the twice Wimbledon champion on the next one.