Iga Swiatek and Anett Kontaveit will take each other on in the final of the Qatar TotalEnergies Open on Saturday. Earlier on Friday, both players came through the semi-finals with Swiatek defeating Maria Sakkari and Kontaveit ousting Jelena Ostapenko.
In the first semi-final, the Estonian came through in the Baltic battle against the Latvian, 6-1, 6-4 in 68 minutes. Kontaveit won 67% of her first-serve points to Ostapenko’s 52% and 60% of her second-serve points to the 15th seed’s 44%.
The 2017 French Open champion was broken four times across the match and was able to break Kontaveit just once in four tries. This was the second time in two weeks that Kontaveit bested Ostapenko, with her previous win over the former world no.
5 coming at the St. Petersburg Open in the semi-final. This win was also Kontaveit’s ninth in a row, going back to the Russian tournament. Meanwhile, Ostapenko’s loss saw her match-winning run being stopped at nine.
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Talking about the match in her post-match press conference, Kontaveit said, “She (Ostapenko) can outplay anyone, and then she might not find the consistency sometimes, so you have to be ready for that.
I was trying to play a consistent match and just do my best on my serve and hold on to it, especially in the second set when I was a break up. Sometimes when she's on fire, her returns are unplayable and it's just very difficult.
But I kept repeating to myself, 'I'm really good at serving it out, I'm really good at serving it out,' and eventually managed to do that”. Meanwhile, in the top half, Swiatek needed an hour and 28 minutes to get the better of Sakkari.
This was the first win for the Pole over the Greek as going into their match, Sakkari had led the head-to-head, 3-0. The 2020 French Open titlist had 20 winners, 11 more than Sakkari’s nine. The Qatar TotalEnergies Open final will be the fifth time that Iga Swiatek and Anett Kontaveit will be playing against each other.
Both have divided the results of their four previous matches equally although it’s been Swiatek who’s won their two most recent matches – in the third round of both the 2021 French and US Opens.