World No. 7 Anett Kontaveit felt she and Ons Jabeur performed at a high level as she was glad that she was the one that ended on the winning side. Kontaveit, seeded at No. 4, saw off No. 8 seed Jabeur 6-4 6-1 to progress into the Doha semifinal.
"I thought the level was very good," Kontaveit said afterwards, per the WTA website. "I felt like she was hitting an ace, I was hitting a winner, she was hitting a good serve, I was hitting a winner. At times it was just kind of fun because I felt like the level was really good and I was playing really well.
"I think I have this confidence that I can go deep every week that I'm playing, and I'm not setting these mental barriers to myself that I used to do. I'm very happy with being in the semifinals, but I also feel like I can still go deeper, I can still do more.
So I'm not too satisfied yet with this result, and I feel like if I play well or if I'm consistent, I have a chance with anyone. "I'm really happy that I'm bringing a good level of tennis consistently every tournament. I think that's something that I'm just most pleased with."
Kontaveit continues her winning streak
Kontaveit pressured Jabeur's serve early but failed to get a break as Jabeur saved three break points in the second game and one more break point in the fourth game.
Kontaveit failed to get an early break but kept pressuring Jabeur's serve as she broke the Tunisian in the 10th game to win the first set. After winning the first set, Kontaveit made a strong start to the second set, having won the opening three games of the set.
Kontaveit failed to convert a break point in the fourth game but broke Jabeur again in the sixth game and served out for the match in the seventh game. Kontaveit is set to battle Jelena Ostapenko in the Doha semifinal. Kontaveit, who won St. Petersburg two weeks ago, is now on an eight-match winning streak.