Kontaveit kicks off WTA Finals with win

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Anett Kontaveit has extended her hot streak by defeating second-seeded Barbora Krejcikova 6-3 6-4, in the opening match at the WTA Finals in Mexico on Wednesday.

The eighth-seeded Kontaveit had early breaks in both sets to beat the French Open champion in just 75 minutes for her 11th consecutive victory and first between the pair.

Kontaveit has now won 27 of her last 29 matches, which include her title run at Ostrava where she defeated Paula Badosa and Maria Sakkari, both of whom are competing in the season-ending event.

The tournament is being played in Guadalajara for this year only, with a scheduled return to Shenzhen, China in 2022.

Kontaveit, a 25-year-old Estonian, soared from world No.30 to eighth in the rankings in less than two months and edged out Ons Jabeur for the last Finals spot by beating Simona Halep in the final of the Transylvania Open.

Krejcikova, the only reigning major champion in the field, started the year ranked 65th but the Czech captured three titles to qualify for the season-ending competition.

Former world No.1's Garbine Muguruza of Spain and the Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova will play in the evening session.

World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus is the top seed after Australia's world No.1 Ash Barty decided not to travel to Mexico. Sabalenka will face Spain's Paula Badosa in her first match on Thursday.

The tournament, which has a total prize pool of $5 million, was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and is played in a round-robin format with the singles champion lifting the WTA Finals Billie Jean King Trophy.

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