Anett Kontaveit ousts ex-French Open finalist in Luxembourg invitational semifinal

Kontaveit makes the Luxembourg Ladies Tennis Masters final.

by Dzevad Mesic
Anett Kontaveit ousts ex-French Open finalist in Luxembourg invitational semifinal
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Anett Kontaveit has reached the Luxembourg Ladies Tennis Masters final after ousting Lucie Safarova. This weekend, an invitational tournament that features former top players is taking place. On Saturday, former world No 2 Kontaveit beat 2015 French Open finalist Safarova 6-4 6-3 in the semifinal stage.

Kontaveit got off to a bit of a rough start as she lost her service in the opening game of the match. However, it didn't take long for Kontaveit to bounce back, winning the next three games to take a 3-1 lead. Up by a break, that was enough for Kontaveit to clinch the first set.

Early in the second set, a few breaks were seen on each side but Kontaveit and Safarova were tied to three games apiece after the opening six games of the set. Kontaveit then went on a series of three consecutive games won and that's how the Estonian completed a straight-set win.

In the final, Kontaveit will be taking on former world No 9 Andrea Petkovic.

Kontaveit on beating Safarova

"I was very happy with my level and playing here, everything went perfectly. I tried to be very aggressive, which worked really well today.

I felt like I had maintained a good level throughout the match, though it was simply a tough fight and I'm delighted to come away with the win," Kontaveit said after the match, via ERR. Kontaveit, 27, retired from pro tennis after this year's Wimbledon due to a chronic back issue.

"It's just from overuse, the spine gets [strained] all the time. You run from corner to corner for hours every day, it just gets put under so much strain that parts like that just wear out, they get too much wattage. I knew that at some point this career had to end.

Top sport is all about tearing your body apart. I would like to say though, that I don't regret doing it," Kontaveit recently said on ETV show "Hommik Anuga."

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