Anett Kontaveit Indian Wells 2021

Anett Kontaveit pulls off remarkable comeback to win Kremlin Cup

Estonian star Anett Kontaveit has continued her remarkable run of form to win the final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. 

Earlier in the week, Kontaveit thrashed Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-1, before ousting Marketa Vondrousova in another one-sided contest 6-3, 6-4 to book a place in the final against home favourite Ekeratina Alexandrova.

Today’s final was a real tussle, Alexandrova led by a set and a double break, before Kontaveit produced an astonishing comeback to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 and collect her fourth WTA title.

The victory over the Russian star continues Kontaveit’s special run of form after teaming up with Dmitry Tursunov, who previously worked with Elena Vesnina and most recently world number two Aryna Sabalenka.

“To go 4-0 down (in the second set), she was really hitting the balls down the line, she was playing amazing tennis.” Kontaveit said.

“I was just trying to stay in it as long as I could, and I never really gave up. I was just trying to fight for every point as much as I could. If I would have lost 6-4, 6-2 or whatever, I knew I tried everything.”

“When these moments happen, which they do happen, I’m just trying to think about the process and not too much of the score, which can be difficult, of course, sometimes. I think that the main thing is to try and think about the process and what I have to do, and not focus on other things that you cannot control.”

Kontaveit is locked in a battle with Tunisian Ons Jabeur to reach the season ending WTA Finals in Guadalajara. If the Estonian wins the title in Cluj next week and Jabeur fails to reach the semi-finals in Courmayeur, Kontaveit would claim the last Finals spot.

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