WTA Finals: Kontaveit beats Krejcikova in the opening

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Anett Kontaveit extended his streak with a 6-3, 6-4 win over second-seeded Barbora Krejcikova in Wednesday’s opening match of the WTA Finals.

Eighth-seeded Kontaveit had the first few breaks in both sets to beat the Roland Garros champion in just 75 minutes for her 11th consecutive win.

Kontaveit has won 27 of his last 29 games, including the title race in Ostrava, where he beat Paula Badosa and Maria Sakkari, both competing in the end-of-season WTA finals.

“I think during my career, I’ve been in some kind of top 30 for many years,” said Kontaveit. “Over the summer I had a series of losses, then I started working with Dmitry (Tursunov) and was really hoping to get some wins. I managed to win Cleveland, then it started rolling from there ”.

Tursunov, a former No. 20, he began working with Kontaveit at the Cincinnati Masters, where the 25-year-old Estonian lost in the first round. Since then, Kontaveit has risen from No. 30 to no. 8 in the standings and beat Ons Jabeur for last place in the end-of-season championship by beating Simona Halep in the Transylvania Open final.

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“I believed in myself a little more, and the game definitely worked just by getting more wins and playing a lot of tennis and feeling really comfortable,” said Kontaveit.

Krejcikova, the only big winner on the field, started the year in 65th place but took three titles to qualify for the WTA Finals.

“It’s just difficult because a couple of days ago I was playing in Europe, now I’m here – said Krejcikova -. It’s really, really, really difficult.”

In the doubles, the Japanese couple Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara won 6-0, 6-4 over Darija Jurak and Andreja Klepac.

The tournament, which was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is played in a round-robin format.

The event has a total prize pool of $ 5 million and is played at Akron Tennis Stadium in Zapopan, a suburb of Guadalajara.

The WTA Finals are played in Guadalajara for this year only, with the event returning to Shenzhen, China in 2022.

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