It’s shaping up to be the season of the witch for Anett Kontaveit after she made a triumphant debut at the Transylvania Open on Wednesday.

Fresh off winning her third title of 2021 at the Kremlin Cup, Kontaveit extended her winning streak to six in a row with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Aleksandra Krunic.

Seeded No. 2 in Cluj-Napoca, the 25-year-old is 15-1 since the US Open and can clinch the final spot on offer at the WTA Finals if she wins the title this week.

“Before Ostrava, no one was thinking about me having even the slightest chance,” she said before the tournament began, "So I’m not putting so much pressure on myself.”

A master of disguise, Kontaveit is admittedly thriving in the spiritual home of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, whose tournament has leaned hard into spooky season.


“I really like the Halloweenie vibe here,” she said after overcoming Krunic. “I even saw a vampire watching my match today!”

Kontaveit has taken to posting her share of elaborate Halloween costumes in years past, posing as Tiger King’s Carole Baskin in 2020, but planned to keep things simple this year.

“I was going to be a witch this year, but most likely won’t make it home in time.”

Might Kontaveit have enough magic left to book her ticket to Guadalajara?