Anett Kontaveit, born on December 24, 1995, is an Estonian female professional tennis player. Kontaveit is known for winning the Estonian Championships in 2009 and 2010, earning the distinction of being the youngest player in Estonia to ever do so.
Kontaveit won her first ITF title in 2011 at the SEB Tallink Open when she defeated Zuzana Luknarova in the final. She also plays for the Estonia Fed Cup team and made her FedCup debut on Feb. 5, 2011, facing of against a top 30 player Maria Jose Martinez in the first match, and losing to the Spanish player with a score of 2-6 0-6.
Kontaveit sports a strong forehand and a good double-handed backhand. She has been noted to be a great competitor on all surfaces, as noted by Geoff MacDonald of the New York Times. Her playing style utilizes strokes that usually force opponents to come back with awkward returns. This enables her to strike fast wins or draw quick errors. So far in her career, she has a record of 279 victories with 144 losses. She has won 1 WTA and 11 ITF titles, but has not yet won a Grand Slam tournament.
2017 proved to be a good year for Kontaveit as she won her first WTA title and entered the women’s top 30 for the first time as well. After becoming a runner-up at the 2018 Wuhan Open, she was ranked number 21. In 2019, she had her first Premier Mandatory semifinal and became the highest ranked Estonian player in tennis history at number 14 after the Miami Open. This was also her highest career rank in singles so far, landing at No. 14 in April 2019.
Kontaveit returned to the 14th ranking in October 2021, and has reached the quarter-finals at one major, the 2020 Australian Open. She added three more WTA Tour titles in late 2021, triumphing at the Cleveland Open, Ostrava Open and Kremlin Cup to help her rise up the rankings.
- 4 Women’s Tennis Association career titles - singles
- 2020 Australian Open quarter-finalist