Anett Kontaveit continues quest to snatch WTA Finals spot
Anett Kontaveit stretched her indoor hard court win streak to 12 at the Transylvania Open as a title there would seal a WTA Finals berth.
The number two seed at the WTA 250 event has had some formidable results on the indoor courts of Europe this season.
Kontaveit entered the Romanian tournament after winning the WTA 500 Kremlin Cup in Moscow, previously winning the WTA 500 Ostrava Open at her last indoor event.
Moreover, the Estonian won all ten matches at those tournaments in straight sets bar one, the final in Moscow. The world number 14 has continued such form in Romania too, now winning her first two matches also in straight sets.
She first defeated Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia before overcoming Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck. These results come as part of a late push from the 25-year-old to qualify for her first ever WTA Finals.
Before Ostrava in the middle of September, Kontaveit was 26th in the Porsche race to the WTA Finals. Just over a month later, she is is 10th, just 139 ranking points behind ninth placed Ons Jabeur.
Should Kontaveit reach the final in Romania, she would overtake Jabeur by 11 points with under two weeks until the season-ending event in Guadalajara, Mexico.
However, should Kontaveit win the Transylvania Open to claim a third consecutive indoor title, she would qualify for the Finals outright.
Next up, Kontaveit faces eighth seed Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine for a place in the semi-finals.
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