Anett Kontaveit, of Estonia, serves to Ons Jabeur, of Tunisia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
- Ekaterina Alexandrova and Anett Kontaveit are set to play in the WTA Kremlin Cup final on Sunday, October 24th
- This will be just the second meeting between the two players
- Continue below for our best bet prediction, as well and match odds and preview
The last match of the WTA Kremlin Cup is here, and Ekaterina Alexandrova will look to win the title in front of a home crowd, as she takes on Anett Kontaveit.
Kontaveit enters the match as the favorite with -275 odds to win the match, while Alexandrova is listed at +215.
Will Alexandrova be able to win it all in front of a Russian crowd, or will Kontaveit be too much for her? Make sure to check out the odds, and our best bet analysis, below.
Ekaterina Alexandrova vs Anett Kontaveit WTA Kremlin Cup Finals Odds
|Ekaterina Alexandrova||+4.5 (-130)||+215||TBD|
| Anett Kontaveit||-4.5 (-105)||-275||TBD|
Odds as of October 23rd at DraftKings.
Alexandrova Walkover into the Finals
26-year old Alexandrova entered her semifinal match and the underdog against Maria Sakkari, despite having yet to drop a set, and playing impressive tennis all week. The two didn’t even get through the first set, when Sakkari retired from the match. She decided to retired trailing 4-1, resulting in Alexandrova earning a spot in the final.
This will be the seventh consecutive time there will be a Russian presence in the final of the Kremlin Cup.
The seventh straight #VTBKremlinCup final with a 🇷🇺 player!
How 🇷🇺 Ekaterina Alexandrova and 🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit secured their place ⬇️
— wta (@WTA) October 23, 2021
Alexandrova has tallied two walkovers in this year’s tournament. Her opening match against Ons Jabeur, and her most recent against Sakkari. Her most impressive match of the tournament came against Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinal, where she stunned the World No. 2, and favorite to win the tournament.
She’ll now look towards Kontaveit, who will be another tough opponent for the Russian.
Kontaveit Perfect Through Four
With her win earlier Saturday, 25-year old Kontaveit earned her spot in her fifth final of the season. Kontaveit continued her streak by defeating Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 6-4.
The past couple of months have been huge for Kontaveit, as three of her now five final appearances have happened in that time span. She has won the past 20 of 22 matches, on a nine-match indoor winning streak, and have captured two titles in 2021.
Anett’s relentless run continues 👊
— wta (@WTA) October 23, 2021
In her semifinal match, Kontaveit recorded 26 winners to 22 unforced errors, while her opponent, Vondrousova, was only able to secure 13 winners to 27 unforced errors.
This was a near perfect performance for Kontaveit, but her serve cause her a bit of issues right at the start. She did managed to find it in the middle of that first set, but more specifically in the second.
This will be the second meeting between these two players. Alexandrova and Kontaveit met back in 2020 at the Ostrava Open. Kontaveit won in straight sets, and leads their head-to-head record at 1-0.
Ekaterina Alexandrova vs Anett Kontaveit Head-to-Head Stats
Both Alexandrova and Kontaveit have shown they have the ability to win tough matches here in Moscow. The two have been playing some of their best tennis, and that’s earned them a spot in the finals.
Kontaveit is entering this match as a strong favorite as she’s been pretty dominant from start to finish. The Estonian has yet to drop a set on route to the finals, and managed to fend off second seed Garbine Muguruza in the quarterfinals.
Alexandrova had a huge win over Sabalenka in the quarters as well, but she’s managed to get lucky with a couple of matches, where her opponents retired. So yes, she has spent less time collectively on the court than her finals opponent, but hasn’t been challenged as much. She’s made it to the finals with just two full matches being played at the tournament.
Kontaveit has had a bit of trouble with her serve during the tournament, but has managed to make up the win with other aspects of her game. But her serve might be something she will need to tighten up against Alexandrova.
Lastly, Alexandrova might have a slight edge with the crowd behind her. She’s the sole Russian left on the women’s side in the tournament, and a hometown favorite. But will the crowd be enough?
Best Bet: Kontaveit (-275)
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