Anett Kontaveit has apologised to Ons Jabeur after winning the final of the Transylvania Open to claim her place in this year’s WTA finals.
Back in August, Kontaveit was on a five-match losing run after losing to Jabeur in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters. Now, just over two months later, the Estonian has pipped the Tunisian to the final spot in Guadalajara, having now won back-to-back titles in Romania and at the Kremlin Cup in Russia.
Kontaveit and Jabeur are good friends off the court, and the Estonian apologised to the Arab tennis star after her win in Cluj –– stressing that she hoped both could make the Tour Finals next year.
“So sorry, Ons Jabeur, that I had to do this to you. I’m really looking forward to next year. Hopefully, we can both make it,” she said.
The Estonian’s comments come after Jabeur joked about her friend pipping her to the final spot in Mexico on Twitter.
Prior to Sunday’s final, Jabeur referenced Kontaveit’s exceptional form and wrote: “Looks like I will have to give Anett my dress for the opening ceremony of the WTA Finals… she’s too busy winning matches.”
And after seeing Kontaveit’s apology, the world number seven responded in good taste, before revealing she would in fact be travelling to Mexico.
“Apology accepted but see you in Guadalajara. I will be going as an alternate.”
While there doesn’t appear to be any bad blood between the two players, Jabeur couldn’t resist having a bit more fun on social media.
The Wimbledon quarter-finalist posted a photo of herself pretending to strange Kontaveit and captioned it: “Meanwhile in my head.”
Fans found the image hilarious and the WTA responded by urging Kontaveit to start her own Twitter account. “We really need to get Anett on Twitter,” they said.
For now though, the Estonian’s focus will be on Guadalajara as she aims to build on her remarkable success this season.
The 25-year-old has won four titles in 2021 and is inside the world’s top 10 for the first time –– making her the top-ranked Estonian of all time.
And with the WTA Finals still to come, Kontaveit is the most in-form player in the world. Given there will be no Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka or Simona Halep in attendance, the Transylvania Open champion is now arguably one of the favourites heading into the competition.News Now - Sport News