Estonian tennis star Anett Kontaveit admitted she was in “disbelief” after the Moscow final was over.
Kontaveit, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 14 in the world, was down by a set and two breaks against Ekaterina Alexandrova in the Moscow final.
Despite the huge deficit, Kontaveit refused to quit as she produced a stunning comeback to beat Alexandrova 4-6 6-4 7-5.
“I actually couldn’t believe that the match was over. I was thrilled but just a little bit shocked. It was such a tough match. So many emotions were going through my head and I was so relieved that I managed to win that,” Kontaveit told the WTA Tour and SAP Sports.
“I think initially there’s so many emotions going through your head that it’s difficult to just really enjoy it, there’s so much happening. When I won I was in disbelief that the match was over. I think it’s slowly starting to sink in and then, you know, you take some time and then you to enjoy it a little bit later.”
Kontaveit produced a magical comeback
Alexandrova was 6-4 4-0 up and everything was pointing toward a comfortable straight-set win for the Russian.
Alexandrova was also serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set but Kontaveit responded with back-to-back breaks to complete a straight-set win.
“I am very happy with this title. It was a very difficult match against an opponent who demands maximum from you. I have been very lucky in certain moments of the match, but there have also been moments when Ekaterina was the one who was lucky. To win certain matches you also need this type of things. I want to congratulate my coach Dmitry Tursunov for being with me this week and helping me win. I hope we will work together for a long time,” Kontaveit said after winning the title.