World No. 3 Barbora Krejcikova praised Anett Kontaveit for the performance she delivered in their WTA Finals clash. Kontaveit, ranked at No. 8 in the world, saw off French Open champion Krejcikova 6-4 6-2 in her WTA Finals debut.
"The match was difficult. I think Anett, she was playing a solid game, she was serving well. I tried to see the positive outcome," Krejcikova said after the match, per the WTA website. Krejcikova is the first player since 2016 to qualify for the WTA Finals in both singles and doubles.
Krejcikova's partner at the WTA Finals is Katerina Siniakova. "I'm going to have another five matches that I can play, so I'm looking forward to that," Krejcikova noted.
Krejcikova stood no chance against Kontaveit
Kontaveit made a good start to the match, having claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game.
The Estonian then firmly held on to her serve the rest of the set to win the opener.. After winning the first set, Kontaveit broke Krejcikova in the opening game of the second set.. Kontaveit didn't allow Krejcikova a single break point during the whole match as she served out for the match in the 10th game.
Krejcikova didn't play her best and maybe she was tired from playing the Billie Jean King Cup the week before. "Every time I have a chance to represent Czech Republic, I'm just not going to pull out from that," Krejcikova explained.
"So for me, it was really a decision from my heart that I want to represent my country and that I want to play this tournament and also to play back home in Czech Republic in Prague in our biggest arena. I've been actually going there many, many times before, especially when the other girls, the generation before, like, Petra and Lucie, all these girls have been playing the finals and winning the trophy. For me, it was already back then something special. It was really, really motivational."