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Kontaveit beats Jabeur in Sydney Classic to set up clash with Krejcikova

Anett Kontaveit scored her first tour-level win against Ons Jabeur at the Sydney Tennis Classic to set up a clash with Barbora Krejcikova. Photo: WTA
Anett Kontaveit scored her first tour-level win against Ons Jabeur at the Sydney Tennis Classic to set up a clash with Barbora Krejcikova. Photo: WTA

Sydney, Jan 13 (MNN) Anett Kontaveit scored her first tour-level win against Ons Jabeur as the latter retired due to injury at the Sydney Tennis Classic here on Thursday and set up a clash with Barbora Krejcikova.

The number 4 seed secured the semi-final berth when number 7 seed Jabeur retired with a low back injury after losing the opener 6-4.

After nearly an hour on court, Jabeur received a medical timeout after the set was completed, and attempted to start the second set: after serving a let and a first-serve fault, the Tunisian walked to the net for a match-ending hug.

Kontaveit lost to Jabeur twice last season, but Thursday’s meeting Down Under was the pair’s first since the were two of the main characters of the season-ending story where Kontaveit eclipsed Jabeur for the eight and final spot at the Akron WTA Finals in Guadalajara.

In the 51-minute set, Kontaveit won the last three games en route to the abridged victory.

With eyes on a fourth straight final, she advances to a semi-finals against number 3 seed Barbora Krejcikova, who eased to a 6-0, 6-2 win over France’s Caroline Garcia.

The pair played just two months ago in Guadalajara, where Kontaveit swept to a 6-3, 6-4 win in the round-robin.

Kontaveit’s single set was nearly as long as Krejcikova’s completed victory, as the reigning French Open champion needed just 68 minutes to advance past Garcia and into the final four.

The world number 4 has dropped just eight games in two victories in her Sydney singles debut, and won eight games in a row to start the match against Garcia. The Frenchwoman gained some ground in the second set, where she had a break point for 3-3, but also lost the last three games of the match.

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