Maria Sakkari retires from the VTB Kremlin Cup QF

Sakkari Moscow

Sakkari withdrew from its semifinal of the Kremlin Cup

Ekaterina Alexandrova advances to face Anett Kontaveit in the final in Moscow after Maria Sakkari retires trailing 1-4 in the first set. It's Alexandrova's first final appearance of the year.

Sakkari was trailing 4-1 in the first set when she retired. The reason was not immediately clear.

Sakkari is ranked seventh in the world and secured a place at the season-ending WTA Finals earlier this week when she reached the quarterfinals in Moscow.

Alexandrova reached her first tour-level final since winning the Shenzhen Open in January 2020 and has a 1-1 career record in finals.

In Sunday’s final, Kontaveit will bid to win a third title in as many months after beating Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 6-4 in the other semifinal match. The Estonian took a big lead early in both sets but took her time closing out the match on the fourth match point.