Anett Kontaveit, ranked second in the world, beat Anastasia Potapova in Hamburg in straight sets but insisted afterward that the Russian wasn’t a pushover. The number one seed in the Hamburg main draw, Kontaveit, defeated the number two seed, Potapova, 6-3, 7-5, to reach her first final since February.
After defeating Anastasia, Kontaveit said, “I thought I had to play really good tennis to beat Anastasia today,” as quoted on the WTA website. I’m pleased with how hard I fought for each point.
When it came to the final set, Kontaveit defeated Potapova in straight sets.
Even though Kontaveit got the first break of the match in the second game, Potapova came back and won the next three games.
Kontaveit took a 4-2 lead in the match after winning the sixth game by breaking Potapova. Two breaks opportunities for Kontaveit were missed before she broke Potapova for a 5-3 lead in the eighth game. When Kontaveit had a chance to serve for the first set in the ninth game, she took advantage of a break point and won the game without any further trouble.
Potapova started the second set with a 2-0 lead after dropping the first. When Kontaveit found himself down a break in the second set, he stormed back to win the next three service breaks and five games to take a commanding 5-2 advantage.
At 5-5 in the second set, with the match seemingly over, Potapova came back from being down two breaks to force a tiebreaker. Kontaveit, however, maintained her concentration and won the match by breaking Potapova again in the 11th game for a 6-5 advantage, then serving out the match in the 12th.
After defeating Bernarda Pera in Budapest last week, Anett Kontaveit will face her in the final of the Hamburg tournament. It’s been a long time coming, but “I’ve been working hard and I felt good in practice and I just wasn’t able to execute that in matches,” Pera said.
“Maybe I started to loosen up or something, but something did. With each successive victory comes a newfound sense of assurance.” Whether or not Kontaveit can break Pera’s unbeaten streak and win her second title of the year remains to be seen.