Maria Sakkari and Anett Kontaveit will take on each other in the final of the Ostrava Open on Sunday. The fourth seed from Greece ousted top seed, Iga Swiatek, in their semi-final while the Estonian dispatched second seed Petra Kvitova in their semi-final.
Sakkari needed an hour and 51 minutes to post a 6-4, 7-5 win over Swiatek. This was the second meeting between the two – with their first coming at the 2021 French Open – and Sakkari’s now won both of these encounters.
Sakkari converted three of the five break points, she had on Swiatek’s serve while saving two of the three break points, she faced. The world no. 12 had three more winners to her opponent’s tally of 19. This win also helped Sakkari end a streak of nine consecutive defeats in the semi-finals, going back to 2019.
The last time she won a semi-final and reached the final of a WTA event – in Rabat in 2019 – Sakkari won the title. It was her first WTA title. Post-match, speaking with the media, Sakkari shared, “…It was a very high-level match, and I’m very happy that I could bring that level today.
It’s a very important thing for me, and Iga is a very tough opponent because she’s very solid and she fights a lot. She’s one of the best players now, and I’m very happy with the way I played”.
Then, talking about potentially winning the title, she added, “A title would be ideal, but it’s already a very positive week. I’m just going to enjoy being in another final tomorrow, and back myself that I can lift the trophy, of course”.
Ostrava Open: Maria Sakkari and Anett Kontaveit to renew rivalry
Meanwhile, Kontaveit overturned a 2-5 win-to-loss record against the home favourite Kvitova to notch a 6-4, 6-0 victory in an hour and 11 minutes. The 30th ranked Kontaveit was untroubled throughout the match even as she put the Czech through her paces.
Kvitova was also troubled by her erratic shot-making that dented her prospects in the match. Kontaveit had 18 winners and seven unforced errors in the match – of which only two came about in the second set. Kvitova had seven fewer winners than Kontaveit (11) and 10 more unforced errors than the latter (18).
The Ostrava Open final between Maria Sakkari and Anett Kontaveit will be the 11th time the two will be playing against each other. It will also be their fourth meeting this season. Sakkari leads the head-to-head 6-4 with two of those wins coming this season, at the Mutua Madrid Open and the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Kontaveit, however, won their clash at the Grampians Trophy, en route to reaching her first final of the season at the Melbourne-based tournament. Photo Credit: J&T Banka Ostrava Open Twitter