Annette Kontaveit said her confidence was behind her victory over Romania’s Simona Halep in the Transylvania Open final on Sunday, a result that secured the Estonian to a final spot at the WTA Finals.
Kontaveit, 25, won her fourth title of the season with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Halep, which also ensured her entry into the top 10 women’s world rankings for the first time.
Kontaveit told reporters: I still can’t believe what’s going on. I am very happy that I was able to play well today and win the final. That was the main focus and I’m really proud of myself for being able to do this. I trust myself a little more than I did two years ago, and I was trying to play fiercely but also firmly.
Kontaveit, with its 26th victory in its last 28 matches, defeated Tunisian Anas Jaber to snatch the last qualifying cards for the final tournament.
Kontaveit sent a message to Anas Jaber on the field after the first victory in her career over former world number one Halep, and said: I feel very sorry that I had to do this.
“I’m really looking forward to next year and I hope we can qualify together.” The Tunisian player congratulated her opponent on Twitter and published a sarcastic picture holding Kontaveit’s neck as a joke, and said in her comment: This is what is going on in my head at the same time, after losing her seat in the final tournament.
And she added in another tweet: “Apology accepted, but we will meet in Wadi Al-Hajar, and I will be there as a substitute player.” The final tournament will be held in Mexico from November 10-17, after being moved from Shenzhen due to travel restrictions in China caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
World number one Ashleigh Barty decided not to participate, and Kontaveit joined Arina Sabalenka, Barbora Krechikova, Karolina Pliskova, Maria Sakkari, Iga Chiantek, Garbine Muguruza and Paula Padusa in the Guadalajara list.
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