Merko Cup hosts Estonia’s claimed a narrow 6-5 victory over Latvia in the Baltic exhibition team event this week with World No.22 Anett Kontaveit and World No.99 Kaia Kanepi playing starring roles.

The Merko Cup featured two women’s singles and two men’s singles contests on each day, along with a men’s doubles match on the first day and a women’s doubles and deciding mixed doubles on the second day,

Kontaveit and Kanepi both went unbeaten despite coming up against No.41 Jelena Ostapenko and World No.43 Anastasija Sevastova in the final.

They led from the front with the former claiming a 6-1, 6-2 win over Sevastova while it was also routine for Kanepi against Ostapenko 6-3, 6-4.

But they found themselves 3-2 down with the men’s singles and doubles not going their way. Kanepi rebounded to see off Sevastova to open the following day but Latvia again picked up points with the men’s faltering. A 4-6, 7-5, [10-7] comeback against Ostapenko and Sevastova in doubles brought them back on track.

Kontaveit scraped through against Ostapenko 6-2, 6-7(1), [10-7] which sent the Merko Cup to a one-set mixed doubles shootout. Kanepi and Zopp were the victors for Estonia in this decider.

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Author: Samuel Gill