Anett Kontaveit (26/Estonia) has already learned one word during the tournament week at Rothenbaum: “Moin!”
The second in the world rankings greeted the fans after beating Anastasia Potapova (21/Russia) in the semifinals. And laughed after the 6: 3, 7: 5: “Two Moin is too long for hamburgers.”
A week ago, Kontaveit was still training in Tallinn for the hard court season. Now she is in the final of the European Open on Saturday (1 p.m., ServusTV) without any preparation.
And with her a German: Torben Beltz (45/Itzehoe).
Angelique Kerber’s (34) coach for many years has been working with Kontaveit for four weeks. With him she not only wants to improve her North German, but also to get her first title on sand…
But that will be difficult: Opponent Bernarda Pera (27/USA) won her first WTA title last week as a qualifier in Budapest/Hungary – and won her last eleven matches! Pera (has roots in Croatia): “It feels incredible. Just overwhelming.”
AlcaKRASS to the semifinals
Just like Herren Sensation Carlos Alcaraz (19). What the best clay court player in the world showed in the 6:0, 6:2 in the quarterfinals against Karen Khachanov (26/Russia) in the first set was AlcaKRASS!
“Incredible,” marveled interviewer Barbara Schett (46). “The young man plays incredible tennis.”
During his narrow first-round victory against Nicola Kuhn (22), tournament manager Sandra Reichel (50) heard mediation music with singing bowls in her office out of sheer nervousness – this time she was able to relax.
Alcaraz meets Alex Molcan (24/Slovakia) in the semifinals (3.30 p.m.) on Saturday. Also: Lorenzo Musetti (20/Italy) vs. Francisco Cerundolo (23/Argentina).