Maria Sakkari surprised everyone with her victory against the Polish Iga Swiatek in the semi-finals of the Ostrava WTA 500 by a score of 6-4 and 7-5, but he has more than a post-win motive. It is that in addition to getting into a new final in her career, she reached the Top 10 WTA.
In a highly contested match, the Greek’s conviction in the final moments of each set marked the key to the match. In the second set, the Pole threatened a reaction, break through, but Sakkari raised her tennis level to finally close the game on the fast track.
At the same time, The Estonian Anett Kontaveit achieved a valuable victory and was undone, not without some surprise, by a resounding and unappealable 6-0 and 6-4 to the Czech Petra Kvitova.
Kvitova was missing for much of the encounter and by the time she attempted a reaction it was too late.
It will be the eleventh match between the two. Advantage of 6-4 for Sakkari who prevailed in the last match at the Tokyo Olympics by 7-5 and 6-2.