After every week off following the Australian Open, the WTA Tour is again in full swing and the event in St Petersburg shall be capped off with what needs to be a thriller between Maria Sakkari and Anett Kontaveit. Neither girl can have been proud of their run in Melbourne so shall be completely satisfied to return to kind to solidify their spots within the high 10.
Sakkari has developed a repute as a troublesome out for lots of the finest gamers however has struggled to take that subsequent step to actually be thought-about as an elite participant worthy of competing for slams. She dropped her first set of the week within the semi finals, coming by way of a scrappy match with Irina Begu 6-4 6-7 6-4 in three hours. “I needed to give you some very robust pictures and really bodily tennis, however I’m very glad I did it, and I’m tremendous excited to be within the remaining right here.” she stated.
Kontaveit’s extraordinary finish to the season noticed her transfer from the highest 30 to high 8 within the house of two months final yr. A disappointing Australian Open has not knocked the No.2 seed’s confidence if this week is something to go by, choosing up a bunch of spectacular wins to make the ultimate. She noticed off a fast begin from Jelena Ostapenko to beat the Latvian 6-4 6-3 with a really managed show, hitting 29 winners to simply 16 unforced errors. “She’s a really aggressive participant, so I needed to be actually prepared for her large pictures, and simply be as constant and take my probabilities after I might. I felt like I did that actually properly at this time. I used to be very constructive and had good vitality and labored actually laborious at this time.” Kontaveit stated afterwards.
Kontaveit’s report indoors now stands at 19 straight wins, a quantity final reached (and bettered) by Justine Henin. The Estonian appears a way more assured participant on courtroom and has delivered within the large matches extra usually in current occasions. Sakkari may be very able to taking benefit ought to her opponent begin spraying errors however the face to face in current occasions has not been in her favour towards an bettering opponent. They’re presently in 6-6 tie however Kontaveit went 3-2 final yr, together with 3-1 on laborious courts.
Prediction – Anett Kontaveit in straight units