Ekaterina Alexandrova and Anett Kontaveit set title showdown in Moscow

Ekaterina Alexandrova and Anett Kontaveit will conflict in opposition to one another for Kremlin Cup glory on Sunday. Earlier, on Saturday, each made it via to the ultimate in a totally contrasting method. Within the first semi-final, Kontaveit defeated Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 14 minutes.

The ninth seed from Estonia gained 69% of her first-serve factors to the Czech’s 55% and a comparatively larger 41% of second-serve factors to the latter’s 37%. Kontaveit additionally had 26 winners to Vondrousova’s 13 and 22 unforced errors to the latter’s 27.

That is Kontaveit’s fifth closing of this 12 months. She and Ann Li shared the Grampians Trophy in the beginning of the 12 months in Melbourne after the ultimate had been known as off due to unavailability of time. Later, within the grass season, the world no.

20 reached the ultimate of the Viking Worldwide in Eastbourne however misplaced to Jelena Ostapenko. Later, Kontaveit reached the finals in Cleveland – previous to the US Open – and Ostrava, and gained the titles, beating Irina-Camelia Begu and Maria Sakkari respectively.

Kremlin Cup: Anett Kontaveit and Ekaterina Alexandrova rekindle nascent rivalry

Going again to the Ostrava Open, Kontaveit has now gained 9 matches on the trot indoors. Total, the 25-year-old has simply misplaced two of the 22 matches she’s final performed.

These losses got here by the hands of Iga Swiatek within the third spherical of the US Open and in opposition to Ons Jabeur at Indian Wells, previous to Moscow. In the meantime, within the second semi-final within the Russian capital, Alexandrova superior to the ultimate after her opponent, the third-seeded Sakkari retired mid-match.

Alexandrova had constructed a 4-1 lead within the opening set when the Greek was compelled to cease proceedings due to dizziness. The Kremlin Cup closing’s the primary WTA 500 closing that Ekaterina Alexandrova’s contesting, and the third closing of her profession in totality.

She’s trying to win the second title of her profession, along with her first coming on the Shenzhen Open in 2020. Heading into the ultimate, Anett Kontaveit leads the head-to-head in opposition to the Russian, 1-0 with the win coming in on the 2020 version of the Ostrava Open.

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