Anett Kontaveit wins 2021 Kremlin Cup, inches closer to WTA Finals
Not many tennis players have had a better last two months than Anett Kontaveit. The Estonian captured her 2nd trophy in two months today in Moscow by defeating Alexandrova in the final. The Kremlin Cup final was an amazing one that was dominated by Alexandrova early. She won the first set with 6-4 and was up 4-0 in the 2nd set seemingly on the verge of victory.
A key component for her early success today was her serve which was working to perfection. She was hitting close to 80 % of her first serves which allowed her to finish off points quickly. Kontaveit could not find a solution but after pulling back one back in the 2nd set to make it 4-3 instead of 4-0 Alexandrova started feeling the pressure.
Her game became very tight and many of the balls that were hitting the court earlier were flying out wide now. Kontaveit kept applying the pressure and she succeeded in turning around the 2nd set result winning it 6-4. The Estonian won an impressive 6 games in a row to capture the 2nd set.
The 3rd set was another great one, by far the best of the day. Both played extremely well and neither was able to pull away early. Fierce battles started happening towards the end of the set with both having chances. Alexandrova struck first to take a 5-4 lead with a chance to serve it out. She failed and Kontaveit made it 5-5 before taking a 6-5 lead. In the end, the Russian crumbled and Kontaveit escaped with it.
A great win for Kontaveit who earns 500 WTA points which could prove crucial in the WTA Race to Guadalajara. Kontaveit now has a real chance especially with the form she is displaying.