Maria Sakkari is sitting comfortably with a provisional place in the year-end WTA Finals and a chance to grab her second career title on Sunday when she plays Anett Kontaveit in the Ostrava final.
Sakkari advanced to the trophy match through a 6-4, 7-5 semi-final result over top seed and last year’s Roland Garros winner Iga Swiatek.
Kontaveit earned another upset as she put out second seed and double Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova 6-0, 6-4.
Sakkari, semi-finalist at the French and US opens, needed just under two hours to dismiss Swiatek as the Greek continues a late-season surge.
“Mentally I’m working to stay focused for the entire year – and our season is pretty long,” she said.
“I’ve had some bad moments but I’ve bounced back. I didn’t let my US Open loss (to Emma Raducanu) affect me.
“Making the WTA Finals is a goal I cannot hide. I want to make it and finish in the Top 10 – and it’s very likely to happen,” added the WTA No. 12.
Sakkari, with three Top 10 wins in 2021, refuses to pressurise herself as she plays her third final while seeking her second title following Luxembourg two years ago.
“A title would be ideal, but this has already been a very positive week. I won’t stress that i have to win just because I’m in the final
“I’m just going to enjoy it and back myself that I can win the trophy.”
The 30th-ranked Kontaveit owns two titles, including Cleveland this season; she also shared an Australian 250 trophy with Ann Li due to scheduling difficulties prior to the delayed Australian Open in February..
The Estonian dismissed Kvitova in 72 minutes as she broke four times against the player who held a 5-2 record in their series.
Kontaveit dominated with 18 winners and seven unforced errors; while Kvitova slumped to 28 unforced errors and only 11 winners.
Main photo:- Maria Sakkari into Ostrava final ©WTA Tennis.com