Emphatic Anett Kontaveit denies Maria Sakkari to raise title

Anett Kontaveit gained the Ostrava Open title after beating Maria Sakkari 6-2, 7-5 within the closing on Sunday. The Estonian wanted an hour and 32 minutes to clinch victory over the fourth-seeded Greek. Kontaveit, who’d upset the second-seeded Petra Kvitova shrugging apart a 2-5 deficit of their head-to-head, did the identical within the closing in opposition to Sakkari.

Coming into into the ultimate, Sakkari had six wins to Kontaveit’s 4 of their head-to-head, together with two wins in three earlier conferences in 2021. Nonetheless, Kontaveit was unplayable within the Czech metropolis. Kontaveit wrapped up the opening set shortly.

She broke Sakkari early within the set after which went on to avoid wasting the one break level she confronted within the set earlier than securing a second break to take the lead within the match. The largest differentiator between the 2 gamers was additionally seen within the second-serve factors every gained.

Kontaveit gained nearly 67% of her second-serve factors whereas Sakkari may solely handle to win 27%.

Ostrava Open: Anett Kontaveit extends her profession surge

The second set was manner nearer as neither participant confronted a break level throughout the primary 11 video games, regardless of their service video games being pushed to deuce.

Within the twelfth recreation, serving to remain within the match, the stress instructed on Sakkari and she or he confronted three championship factors. And on the finish of a prolonged rally, Kontaveit went on to transform the win on the primary championship level with a winner.

All through the week within the Czech Republic, Kontaveit didn’t lose a set. Within the closing, she completed with 26 winners and 17 unforced errors. Sakkari had 20 winners off her racquet however completed with 23 unforced errors. The Ostrava Open closing is Anett Kontaveit’s third profession title and her second – after the Cleveland Open – within the 2021 season.

In the meantime, for Maria Sakkari, regardless of her loss, the takeaway from the week is immense. The Greek will break into the top-10 of the WTA rankings for the primary time in her profession on Monday, twenty seventh September. Picture Credit score: J&T Banka Ostrava Open

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