Kontaveit Sacks Sakkari For Ostrava Title And Biggest Career Win

by Staff | September 26th, 2021, 9:44 pm
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Anett Kontaveit eased past Maria Sakkari 6-2, 7-5 to capture her biggest career title at the WTA 500 event in Ostrava.

“Maria is such a good player, and we’ve had a lot of tough matches between us, and I knew I had to play well to beat her,” Kontaveit said. “I think I managed to serve pretty well and play aggressive, but be as consistent as possible.”

Kontaveit took her third career WTA title and second in as many months after Cleveland just before the US Open. The Estonian who lost to Iga Swiatek at the US Open in the third round, has won 12 of her last 13 matches. It’s her best career run.

“When you’re winning matches, it definitely gives you confidence,” she said. “I feel like I am definitely playing better than I was in the middle of the season, and I think good things can come of it.

“I’ve really had a very good time on court, and I think I’ve enjoyed it after a while, and that’s the thing I’m really most happy about. One of my friends who’s here this week to play doubles, she told me, ‘While we’re here, we might as well enjoy it,’ and that really sort of stuck with me this week.”

Kontaveit never dropped a set or faced a set point in five really good wins over Sorana Cirstea, Paula Badosa, Belinda Bencic and Petra Kvitova.

Sakkari was appearing in her first WTA since since 2019 Rabat. She’ll move into the Top 10 after reaching the final becoming the first Greek woman to do so.

Kontaveit will climb from No. 30 to No. 23.

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