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Alexandrova sets up Kremlin Cup final against Kontaveit after Sakkari retirement

The Estonian is the first one through to the final in Moscow

Anett Kontaveit Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in action during her semi final match against Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova (Panoramic)

Ninth seed Anett Kontaveit will play Ekaterina Alexandrova in the final of the Kremlin Cup on Sunday.

Kontaveit defeated Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 6-4, who had already beaten two Top 20-ranked players this week in Elena Rybakina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, but the Estonian was a step too far.

Kontaveit now has an 11-5 career record in WTA semi-final matches – and has her first-ever win against Vondrousova, who had won their previous two encounters.

She will now play Ekaterina Alexandrova, who progressed after third seed Maria Sakkari withdrew from the other semi-final with the score 4-1 in favour of the Russian.

The Greek had confirmed her spot in the WTA Finals earlier in the week.

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