World No. 8 Anett Kontaveit was thrilled with her opening performance at the WTA Finals. Kontaveit, who was the last player to make the WTA Finals, saw off world No. 3 Barbora Krejcikova 6-3 6-4 in her debut at the prestigious season-ending event.
"I'm definitely very thrilled to get the win, it was a very tough match," Kontaveit told the press after her win, per the WTA website. "I think I managed to win a lot of points on my first serves once they actually went in.
"During the summer I was on a bit of a losing streak, then I started working with Dmitry [Tursunov] and was really hoping to get a few wins. I managed to win Cleveland, then it just sort of started rolling from there.
"I've been believing in myself a little bit more, and the game definitely has clicked from just getting more wins and playing a lot of tennis and really feeling comfortable, enjoying playing tennis."
Kontaveit routed Krejcikova
Kontaveit claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game and then didn't allow Krejcikova a single break point in the rest of the set to win the opener.
Kontaveit then broke Krejcikova in the opening game of the second set, before serving out for the match in the 10th game.. Kontaveit is aiming to win her third consecutive title.. Prior to the WTA Finals, Kontaveit claimed titles in Moscow and Cluj-Napoca..
With her victory in Cluj-Napoca, Kontaveit beat out Ons Jabeur for the final spot at the WTA Finals. Kontaveit has won four titles over the last two and a half months and she is arguably in the best form of all the players in Guadalajara.
"I thought after winning Moscow I'd feel some sort of relief. I thought after winning Transylvania, I would feel relaxed. But it hasn't happened," Kontaveit admitted. "I feel I'm still in the zone of trying to keep doing as well as I can, focusing on the task at hand."