World No. 7 Anett Kontaveit was glad with the performance she delivered against Elena Gabrila Ruse in Sydney on Wednesday.
Kontaveit, seeded at No. 4, struggled at at the beginning of the match but her game improved as the match went on and she won 6-3 6-1.
“I’m very happy with the win,” Kontaveit said in her post-match press conference. “First it was a little tougher, but then I felt like I got my game going a little bit more and I felt like I was playing better as the match went on.”
Kontaveit breezed past Ruse
Ruse claimed the first break of the match in the first game but got broken back in the fourth game.
Ruse broke Kontaveit again in the fifth game but then shut down for the rest of the set as Kontaveit claimed back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and seal the opener.
After losing the first set, Ruse saved three consecutive break points in the first game of the second set.
However, that was all from Ruse as Kontaveit then earned three consecutive breaks to win six games in a row and book a straight-set win.
Kontaveit plays next against her good friend and world No. 10 Ons Jabeur.
“Anett is a great player. We had our moments last year. I told her, ‘You’re obsessed with me, you always follow me, so stop. (smiling) But it’s great to have her on tour. She’s a tough player. Even the matches we played against each other were always tough. … I know the pressure is on me, not really on her. But maybe some payback for last year,” Jabeur said ahead of the match.
“She is going to give everything, and she doesn’t care about the results. So I will try to do the same, and I will really try to win tomorrow.”
Kontaveit has lost the last three meetings against Jabeur and she will certainly be aiming to end her losing streak against the Tunisian.