Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit won her 20th straight match indoors on Sunday, outlasting Greece’s Maria Sakkari 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5 to win the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
“It was such a tough battle. I was behind in the score so many times that I couldn’t quite believe that I managed to pull that off,” Kontaveit told WTA Insider. “Really just so proud of myself with the way I managed to stick in the match and just keep fighting and just feel like I never gave up. Just so happy with the way I managed to put up a really good fight and eventually just keep calm and get through it.”
After dropping the opening set, Kontaveit was able to squeak out the second set tiebreaker to keep her consecutive win strike alive. She secured the decisive break for a 6-5 in the deciding third set, and proceeded to serve out the match and the title.
“I’m very happy to be able to continue this form last year to this year, and keep a consistently high level,” she said. “I think that’s the thing that I’m most proud of because I think every time a new year starts, you sort of have these doubts and you’re not so sure how the year is going to go. But I’m really happy that I’ve been able to play good tennis and also have positive results this year.”
Kontaveit moves up three spots in the WTA Rankings, and now sits at No. 6 in the world.