Estonia's Anett Kontaveit praised Maria Sakkari following their Ostrava final clash. Kontaveit, who was unseeded, saw off No. 4 seed Sakkari 6-2 7-5 to win Ostrava. Kontaveit made a fast start to the match, having broken Sakkari in the fourth and eighth game to easily win the opener.
Kontaveit then saved a break point in the first game of the second set, before breaking Sakkari in the 12th game to book a straight-set win. "Maria is such a good player, and we’ve had a lot of tough matches between us, and I knew I had to play well to beat her," Kontaveit said during her post-match press conference, per the WTA website.
"I think I managed to serve pretty well and play aggressive, but be as consistent as possible. "When you’re winning matches, it definitely gives you confidence. I feel like I am definitely playing better than I was in the middle of the season, and I think good things can come of it."
Kontaveit absolutely enjoyed her week in Ostrava
"I’ve really had a very good time on court, and I think I’ve enjoyed it after a while, and that’s the thing I’m really most happy about. One of my friends who’s here this week to play doubles, she told me, ‘While we’re here, we might as well enjoy it,’ and that really sort of stuck with me this week," Kontaveit revealed.
Sakkari failed to win Ostrava but still she broke into the top-10 for the first time in her career. Sakkari has had a great season, making two Grand Slam semifinals and breaking into the top-10. "Let’s be honest, not many players played two semifinals in Slams this year and have the results that I’m having,” she said.
“I don’t want to sound cocky but that’s the reality. That’s something that I say, so I can also hear it at the same time, to give myself the power to continue”.