Jelena Ostapenko felt she was the architect of her own downfall after losing to Kristina Kucova at the Hong Kong Open. Ostapenko, who won the 2017 French Open, was facing a player ranked 299 places below her and who had not been in the main draw of a WTA event for more than a year.
However, the world number 18 succumbed in three sets in the Far East, with a farcical finish to the match.
A shot by Kucova was called in – even though it appeared to land well beyond the baseline – but with Ostapenko out of challenges, there was nothing the Latvian could do and she went down 7-5 3-6 2-6.
“In tennis sometimes one ball can decide the whole match. That ball was quite far out. I was surprised the chair umpire didn’t call it,” she said. “But unfortunately I had run out of challenges and couldn’t do anything.”
The 21-year-old felt her opponent played well above herself although it was her own wayward shots that made the difference.
“Today she was playing at a very high level but of course it was not the best match and I made a lot of unforced errors,” she added.