Anett Kontaveit: Can’t believe I’m playing WTA Finals, yet alone that I made final

World No. 8 Anett Kontaveit admitted she is still having a hard time believing that she is still playing at the WTA Finals, yet alone believing that she has made the final in Guadalajara.

Kontwceit, who arrived to the WTA Finals on a 10-match winning streak and back-to-back titles captured in Moscow and Cluj-Napoca, beat world No. 6 Maria Sakkari 6-1 3-6 6-3 to reach her third consecutive final.  

“I still can’t quite believe that I’m even here and I’m playing against the best players at such a prestigious tournament,” Kontaveit said, per the WTA website. “I’m just so proud of myself that I managed to do this and so happy to be competing at this level and just trying to take it all in.”

Kontaveit ended the match in style 

Sakkari made the first move in third set, breaking Kontaveit in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. 

Dropping her serve in the fifth game didn’t affect Kontaveit as she responded with back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and seal the win. 

“I think the turning point in the third set maybe when I went a break down, 3-2, just managed to tell myself that if this is the last match of the season, then I might as well enjoy it,” Kontaveit said. “I feel like I got some freedom from that and just started playing better and managed to turn that set around.”

Kontaveit will be fighting former world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza for the title in Guadalajara.

“I feel like the last few months have really showed me that I can play really well, I can beat great players consistently,” Kontaveit said. “I think I sort of have this self-belief now. When I came here, of course, I had nothing to lose. Every time I step on the court, I still think I can win the match, just do well.”

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