Maria Sakkari speaks on facing Anett Kontaveit in WTA Finals semifinal

World No. 6 Maria Sakkari claims she told Anett Kontaveit she’s “going to see her” at the WTA Finals as she is happy the Estonian made a deep run at the season-ending event. 

Sakkari and Kontaveit are set to meet in the semifinal at the WTA Finals. 

“I told her in Moscow that I’m going to see her here,” Sakkari said, per the WTA website. “I’m very glad that she’s here because she’s a very nice person and she deserves it.

“But it all comes down to obviously who plays a better match tomorrow. I’m going to fight for it, do whatever I can to advance to the final. I just really want to enjoy tomorrow’s match because the atmosphere here is just unreal.”

Sakkari will be ready for Kontaveit 

On Monday, Sakkari edged out No. 1 seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (1) 6-7 (1) 6-3 seal a semifinal ticket. 

“I’m not going to have so much time to rest. My fitness level is, I believe, one of the best on tour, without being arrogant, but I believe fitness is one of my strengths. I’ll do everything to recover. If Anett is better tomorrow, it’s too good. But I’ll try to recover and just take advantage of the good things I felt today on the court.”

Sakkari lost the first four meetings against Sabalenka. 

In the third set of their WTA Finals match, Sabalenka was 3-1 up after the first four games. 

Sakkari then lifted her level as she claimed back-to-back breaks and won four games in a row to overturn the deficit and seal a three-set win.

“I think it was a rollercoaster match from both of us,” Sakkari said. “I was up a break, then she was up a break. It was just a matter of who took the chances. I think at the end I just played with my heart and fought well, just turned things around.”

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