Greek tennis star Maria Sakkari spoke positively of No. 1 seed Iga Swiatek following their Ostrava clash. Sakkari, seeded at No. 4, beat top-seeded Swiatek 6-4 7-5 to reach the Ostrava final. Sakkari now has a perfect 2-0 head-to-head record over Swiatek, having also beaten the Pole in their first-ever meeting at this year's French Open.
"I think we both played better today," Sakkari told the press, comparing this match to their Roland Garros clash. "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."
Sakkari now aims the Ostrava title
Sakkari made the perfect start to the match, having broken Swiatek in the opening game of the match. Sakkari then didn't allow Swiatek a single break point in the rest of the set to clinch the opener.
Swiatek had their first break points of the match in the second game of the second set but failed to realize any of her two break points. After failing to convert any of her two break points in the second game, Swiatek dropped her serve in the fifth game.
Swiatek managed to break back in the eighth game but again struggled to hold on to her serve as Sakkari claim another break in the 11th game. After taking a 6-5 lead, Sakkari routinely served out for the match in the following game.
Sakkari will be battling Anett Kontaveit for the Ostrava title. Kontaveit, ranked at No. 30 in the world, beat home favorite Petra Kvitova to make the Ostrava final. "A title would be ideal, but it’s already a very positive week," Sakkari added.
"I’m just going to enjoy being in another final tomorrow, and back myself that I can lift the trophy, of course."