Anett Kontaveit reacts to destroying Karolina Pliskova at WTA Finals

World No. 8 Anett Kontaveit admitted she was “thrilled” after making the semifinal at the WTA Finals. 

Kontaveit, who has won four titles over the last two and a half months, saw off former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova 6-4 6-0 to improve to 2-0 at the WTA Finals. 

Kontaveit is having her debut campaign at the WTA Finals and so far she has been absolutely impressive as she has two straight-set wins. 

“Of course, very thrilled to be in the semifinals,” Kontaveit said in her post-match press conference, per the WTA website. “I thought I played a very good match. I think it was very important for me to be as consistent as possible. Took some time to get used to her serves. I felt like my game was getting better and better as the match went on.”

Kontaveit beats Pliskova for the first time 

Kontaveit saved three break points in the third game of the first set, before claiming the first break of the match in the 10th game to win the opener..

Kontaveit finished the match on an eight-game run as she broke Pliskova three times in the second set to bagel the Czech and book a straight-set win. 

“I think I wasn’t thinking about the fact that I was 3-0 down in previous matches [against Pliskova]. I think every time you step on the court, you have a new opportunity. The previous matches don’t really matter. It’s a new day and you have to beat the player you’re playing against. That’s how I approach the match,” Kontaveit explained. 

“I think it’s just really trusting my shots a little bit more, just going for it, but going for it with margins. I think that’s been very important, not to go for too much, but still stay aggressive and be in charge whenever possible. When it’s not possible, just stay in the rallies, be as consistent as possible.”

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