St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy: Anett Kontaveit pips Maria Sakkari; pockets title

Kontaveit completed the win three minutes shy of the three-hour mark, in three hard-fought sets

by Abbey Johnson
St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy: Anett Kontaveit pips Maria Sakkari; pockets title

Anett Kontaveit denied Maria Sakkari the second trophy of her career as she outlasted the Greek in the final of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Sunday. The second-seeded Estonian won 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5 in two hours and 57 minutes to win her first title this year.

Kontaveit surged to a 5-2 lead in the opening set but Sakkari made a comeback and won five games in a row to clinch the set and take the lead in the match. An early break in the second set allowed Sakkari, the no. 1 seed, to go up 2-0.

But she failed to hold on to it for long and Kontaveit broke back to bring the set back on serve. In the 12th game of the set, on Sakkari’s serve, Kontaveit had a set point but the world no. 7 fended it off. In the eventual tie-break, Sakkari had no answers to Kontaveit’s shot-making and the latter was able to take the set and push the match into the decider.

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In the final set, once again it was Sakkari who drew first blood by breaking Kontaveit. Sakkari’s dominance in the proceedings saw her serve for the match in the ninth game of the set but she was broken decisively by Kontaveit.

From there on, while Kontaveit didn’t lose her hold on her serve, she was also able to secure a second break on Sakkari’s serve in the 11th game of the set. This time around, while serving for the match, Kontaveit didn’t concede any ground and secured the win for herself.

Following this win, Anett Kontaveit now has a tight 7-6 lead in her encounters with Maria Sakkari. The St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy’s also the 26-year-old’s sixth career title, while winning the match saw Kontaveit notch her 20th straight match win, in indoor tournaments.

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