Maria Sakkari v Anett Kontaveit Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for Ostrava Open 2021: Familiar Foes Promise a Cracking Final

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Fourth seed Maria Sakkari of Greece will meet Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in the final of the 2021 Ostrava Open on Sunday, September 26. Get the live streaming options of this Maria Sakkari v Anett Kontaveit match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Maria Sakkari v Anett Kontaveit Head to Head

It will be an 11th meeting between the two and fourth this year. Sakkari leads 6-4 overall and is 2-1 this year.

Sakkari Topples the Top Seed

After five semifinal losses this year, Maria Sakkari finally made it to a first final of the year with a 6-4, 7-5 win over top seed Iga Swiatek in the semifinal of the Ostrava Open on Saturday.

The match began with Sakkari breaking her opponent and then the Greek protected the advantage through the end of the set to close it out 6-4. The World No. 12 was the first two break in the second set as well, but the Polish player wiped off the advantage by breaking back in the eighth game and drawing level.

Sakkari got her nose ahead once again by breaking the World no. 6 at 5-5 and then served out the match in the next game to win in an hour and 51 minutes and take a 2-0 lead over Swiatek in the head-to-head rivalry.

It’s the third time that the Greek has reached a tour-level final in her career. She finished runner-up at the Silicon Valley Classic in 2018 and won the title in Rabat, Morocco in 2019. Since that title success she lost nine semifinals before finally ending the jinx on Saturday.

The 26-year-old has been in sensational form this year, and Saturday’s win improved her season record to 34-15. She also reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at Roland Garros and then made it to another at the U.S. Open two weeks ago, going down to eventual champion Emma Raducanu in straight sets.

Sakkari was also a semifinalist in Abu Dhabi, the Grampians Trophy and the Miami Open this year. She also reached the final four in Ostrava last year, but couldn’t make it to the final as she was outplayed by Victoria Azarenka.

Having received a first-round bye this year, Sakkari knocked out Jelena Ostapenko in the second round in straight sets and then defeated the Czech Republic’s Tereza Martincov√° 7-5, 6-3 in the quarterfinal. Can she go all the way to capture the title this year?

Kontaveit Storms into Final

It’s been a terrific week for Kontaveit, who has reached the final without dropping a set in the tournament.

The Estonian, who knocked out the third seed Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinal, breezed past the second seed Petra Kvitova in the semifinal on Saturday to reach a fourth final this season.

Kontaveit had to share the Grampians Trophy title with Ann Li at the start of the season after the final got cancelled and then lost the title clash at Eastbourne to Jelena Ostapenko, before beating Irina-Camelia Begu for the Cleveland Open title last month. On Sunday, Kontaveit will be playing in a 10th final, she won two, lost six, and shared one in the previous nine.

In the semifinal on Saturday, Kontaveit came out firing on all cylinders, bagelling the two-time Wimbledon champion in the first set. She continued her ascendency in the second, breaking Kvitova in the fifth game and then maintaining the lead till the end for a 6-0, 6-4 win in an hour and 11 minutes.

Kontaveit had needed just an hour and 14 minutes to dispatch Bencic 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinal.

The World No. 30 had begun her campaign with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Sorana Cirstea and then defeated Paula Badosa 6-3, 6-4 in the Round of 16.

Sakkari v Kontaveit Prediction and Tip

Having played 10 times before, they would know each other’s game pretty well. Interestingly nine of their previous 10 matches needed just two sets. The only time they went to the third set was at the Grampian Trophy this year and there too the format had shifted to match tie-break, which was won by the Estonian.

Expect Sunday’s contest to be a close one with Sakkari finally ending a two-year title drought.

Tip: Sakkari to win: 4/5 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 Ostrava Open will be played from September 20 to 26. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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