No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit admitted even she couldn't believe what she pulled off in the St. Petersburg final. Kontaveit was on the brink of losing the St. Petersburg final against Maria Sakkari but she recovered in a stunning fashion to beat the top-seeded Greek 5-7 7-6 (4) 7-5.
It was a 20th consecutive indoor win for Kontaveit. The last player to achieve that was former world No. 1 Justine Henin, who did it in 2010. “I can’t quite believe it right now,” Kontaveit said after winning the title, per Tennis Majors.
“I’m very happy with that achievement. It was such a tough battle out here today. I’m a little bit speechless”.
Kontaveit was on the brink of losing the final
Kontaveit saved a break point in the third game, before claiming the first break of the match in the sixth game.
Kontaveit led 5-2 after the opening seven games of the match but then Sakkari claimed back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and win the opener. Sakkari continued her run at the start of the second set as she opened an early 2-0 lead in the second set.
Kontaveit saved three break points in the third game to end Sakkari's run of seven consecutive games and reduce the deficit to 2-1 in the second set. Kontaveit slowly worked her way back into the set as she broke back Sakkari in the sixth game to level the set at three games apiece.
Kontaveit failed to convert a set point on Sakkari's serve in the 12th game but realized her third set point in the tie-break to force a decider. After losing the second set, Sakkari started the decider with a 3-0 lead.
Sakkari led 5-2 after the opening seven games of the third set and appeared to be cruising toward winning the title but then Kontaveit claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to overturn the deficit and seal the St.
Petersburg title. It was Kontaveit's first title of the season. Previously, Kontaveit made the Sydney semifinal and suffered a second round loss at the Australian Open.