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Anett Kontaveit Indian Wells 2021

Anett Kontaveit crushes Anhelina Kalinina to cruise into Transylvania semis

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Anett Kontaveit made short work of the eighth seed to maintain her momentum and push for the final WTA Finals spot.

The Estonian faced Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina in the quarter-finals of the WTA 250 event in Romania.

Kontaveit smashed the fellow seed for the loss of just four games to win 6-3, 6-1, in barely an hour on court.

“I really felt like I raised my level today,” Kontaveit explained in her post-match interview.

“I realised that I had to play longer rallies and I was trying to stay tough and really be intense out there and aggressive as well.”

Kontaveit has now won 13 consecutive indoor matches across three tournaments. She won the Ostrava Open back in September as well as the Kremlin Cup just before competing in Romania.

She currently sits at a career-high 14th in the world, and is 10th in the Porsche Race to the WTA Finals.

Should she win the tournament in Romania, she would qualify for the event outright, making her career debut at the tournament.

“It’s been a constant process,” Kontaveit expressed on the development of her game. “I’ve worked on my game, I’ve worked on my fitness.

“I’ve just constantly been getting a little more solid. I think I always had good strokes and was always playing aggressively.

“But I think I’m more consistent now and in recent months I’ve really been enjoying myself out here a lot more.

Kontaveit is 43-15 on the 2021 season, claiming three titles in Cleveland, Ohio, Ostrava, Czechia and Moscow, Russia along the way.

Kontaveit will next face Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson for a place in the final.


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