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Estonia, world No 2, WTA Finals, injury – Everything you always wanted to know about Anett Kontaveit (but never had time to find out) – updated after retirement announcement
Anett Kontaveit is the best Estonian player in the history of tennis, and was the runner-up at the 2021 WTA Finals. Here are the answers to 10 questions you might ask about her
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Is Anett Kontaveit retiring?
Yes. On June 20, 2023, the Estonian announced that, due to a degenerative lumbar disc injury, she would be retiring after this year’s Wimbledon. The 27-year-old said she is no longer able to train at the level necessary to compete at the top level.
Why was Anett Kontaveit in the news at the US Open in 2022?
Kontaveit played Serena Williams in the second round of the US Open in 2022 and was beaten 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 by the 23-time Grand Slam champion. All the pressure was on Kontaveit as the No 2 seed and the Estonian admitted afterwards that it had been very hard to cope with the raucous crowd at Flushing Meadows.
Afterwards, she had to stop the native language section of her press conference, leaving in tears after the first question.
Where was Anett Kontaveit born?
Anett Kontaveit was born on December 24, 1995 in Tallinn, Estonia. She currently lives in Viimsi, in her native country.
What is her height?
The Estonian is 5’9″ tall, as indicated by her profile on the official WTA website. Her weight is not listed.
Who are her parents ?
Anett’s parents are Andrus and Ulle Kontaveit. Her father is responsible for the port of Tallinn and her mother is a tennis coach. It was she who introduced her to tennis at the age of 6 and coached her until she was 11.
Who is Kontaveit’s coach?
Anett Kontaveit is working with Torben Beltz, the former coach of Angelique Kerber. She was being coached by former ATP pro Dmitry Tursunov. The pair split at the end of the 2022 Roland-Garros Championships.
Anett Kontaveit’s coach before that was Nigel Sears, a former British tennis player in the 1980s. He reached 382nd in the world in 1982, his highest ranking. He then became a coach, with Daniela Hantuchová and Ana Ivanovic as a student. His daughter, Kim, married Andy Murray in June 2015.
When did she turn pro?
Anett Kontaveit made her first professional appearance in 2011 at the age of 15. She had been selected to play in a Fed Cup meeting against Spain. Kontaveit lost to Carla Suarez Navarro (66th) and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (28th).
What are Kontaveit’s best performances at the Grand Slams?
Anett Kontaveit’s best Grand Slam performance was a quarter-final run at the Australian Open in 2020. She lost to Simona Halep. She also reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros (2018) and US Open (2015). She has never made it past the third round at Wimbledon.
Has Anett Kontaveit won a WTA title?
Oh yes. The 24-year-old won the 2017 tournament in ‘Bois le Duc’ (aka ‘s-Hertogenbosch) on grass, her only title on the WTA tour for a long time. She won the final against Russia’s Natalia Vikhlyantseva.
Her 2021 was a stellar year, though, in which she won Cleveland, Ostrava, Moscow, and Cluj-Napoca, and rose up the rankings to secure herself a place in the WTA Finals. She was on a 12-match winning streak which was ended in the round-robin stage by Garbine Muguruza – who then went on to beat her in the final.
She won her sixth career title by beating Maria Sakkari in St Petersburg in February, 2022, extending her indoor winning streak to 20 matches, the best by any woman since Justine Henin in 2010.
What is Anett Kontaveit’s career-high ranking?
Kontaveit hit a new career-high ranking of No 2 in the world at the end of the French Open in 2022. You can view her current ranking and ranking history on her WTA Tour profile page.
Is she on social media?
Yes, Anett Kontaveit is present on social networks. She has 172,000 followers on Instagram and more than 10,800 followers on Twitter, as of June 20, 2023.
How much prize money has Anett Kontaveit earned?
The Tallinn native has earned $8.04 million since she began her career in 2011.
Is she in a relationship?
Anett Kontaveit does not appear as a couple on social media. The 27-year-old instead posts photos of her dogs, a passion of hers.