Anett Konteveit is through to the final of the Palermo WTA tennis tournament in Italy, after beating world number 15 Petra Martic of Croatia in straight sets, 6:2, 6:4.
After tying the opening two games the Estonian, 24, from Tallinn, pulled ahead in the first set, breaking the serve of Martic, who required medical assistance during play, twice.
In the second set, Kontaveit managed to repeat the feat of breaking her opponent's serve twice, taking things to 5:2, after which the Croatian, seeded number one for the tournament, mounted a fightback, taking the next two games, only to fall apart in the final game, having her serve broken once again and, with the score standing at 40:0 to Kontaveit, losing the final point to a double fault.
Kontaveit served up four aces during the encounter, and committed one double fault. Martic's stats for same were three and three respectively.
"I think I played very well today. I was quite aggressive, consistent and I served very well especially in the first set," Kontaveit said afterwards, according to ERR's sports portal.
Training during the coronvirus hiatus had helped too, she said.
"After a break, it's always hard to predict how it will look on court. I may think I'm in good shape, but this may not immediately translate to results on-court. At the moment, I feel that I'm in very good shape and moving well. I feel confident and am serving well. I'm glad the training has paid off."
The Estonian, ranked 22nd in the world, will meet either Fiona Ferro of France (WTA 53rd) or local player Camila Giorgi (WTA 89) in the final.
Kontaveit last won a WTA tournament in the Netherlands in 2017.
Editor: Andrew Whyte