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Krejcikova saves 7 match points, overcomes Kontaveit in Sydney Classic semis

World number 4 Barbora Krejcikova edged out Anett Kontaveit 0-6, 6-4, 7-6(12) to earn a spot in the final of the Sydney Classic Tennis. Photo: WTA
World number 4 Barbora Krejcikova edged out Anett Kontaveit 0-6, 6-4, 7-6(12) to earn a spot in the final of the Sydney Classic Tennis. Photo: WTA

Sydney, Jan 14 (MNN) World number 4 Barbora Krejcikova edged out world number 7 Anett Kontaveit 0-6, 6-4, 7-6(12) to earn a spot in the final of the Sydney Classic Tennis here on Friday.

The semi-final showdown between the two of last year’s new Top 10 players was as stunning as their reputations would predict, though in the end it was Krejcikova who prevailed.

Reigning Roland Garros singles and doubles champion Krejcikova had to stave off a whopping seven match points before finally converting her fifth match point after 2 hours and 30 minutes of toe-to-toe tennis.

Both newcomers to the season-ending WTA Finals last year, Krejcikova and Kontaveit had their only previous meeting there in Guadalajara, where Kontaveit of Estonia prevailed in straight sets en route to the final.

That victory was part of Barbora Kontaveit’s stellar year-end run, where she won 28 of her last 32 matches. She finished the 2021 season ranked first on tour in hard-court match-wins.

But on Friday in Sydney, the Czech Krejcikova turned the tables despite being steamrolled in the first set, and prevented Kontaveit from reaching her fourth final in a row.

Instead, it was Krejcikova who ended a five-match losing streak against her fellow Top 10 players and claimed her fifth career win against members of that cohort.

Krejcikova awaits the winner of the nightcap semi-finals between world number 9 Paula Badosa of Spain and 26th-ranked Daria Kasatkina of Russia.

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