The Estonian beat her Greek rival in three sets and will now play the final on Wednesday in Guadalajara
GUADALAJARA – The Estonian Anett Kontaveit, eighth in the world rankings, beat the Greek María Sakkari 6-1, 3-6 and 6-3 on Tuesday and met with the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza in the final of the Akron WTA Finals, in Guadalajara , Mexico.
Anett Kontaveit He reached out in the game to win 76.7 percent of his points with his first serve to beat Sakkari, sixth in the WTA ranking.
Kontaveit She displayed fast and accurate play to win a 6-1 opening set in which she won 76.9 percent of her first serve points against a Greek who struggled to measure force on returns.
The Estonian broke her rival’s serve in games two and six, kept hers and became strong in distribution on the court, while Sakkari he bet on the deep game, with which he was late to returns and left balls in the net that cost him points.
Sakkari she avoided a break in the first game, a factor that filled her with confidence to win the second set 6-3, in a set in which she shone with six ‘ace’ and a better reading of her rival’s returns.
The Greek approached the line of the court, showed a capacity to react to the speed of Kontaveit, who also let go of the opportunity to break in the seventh ‘game’ and did not keep his in the eighth, which led to the sixth in the world to tie in sets.
The Estonian won the duel in the last quarter that she won 6-3 in which she returned to her safe tennis by taking advantage of the Sakkari returned to the strategy of playing deep.
Kontaveit it recovered to a break of Sakkari in the sixth ‘game’ for her to break in the seventh and ninth, which went up to six ‘deuce’, to sign her pass to the final.
Before that, the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza, fifth in the world ranking, defeated her compatriot Paula Badosa 6-3, 6-3, tenth in the world, and qualified for the final in which she will face Kontaveit on Wednesday.
The tournament, which distributes a prize pool of five million dollars, is played in Guadalajara on a hard court, 1,566 meters above sea level.