Anett Kontaveit (6)

-Estonia

-26 years old

-World number seven

Intro and last year

Kontaveit’s 2021 Australian Open was a fairly average performance, starting as the 21st seed she made the third round after beating two average opponents, but Kontaveit has improved dramatically since then and is sixth seed, the highest at a slam in her career.

Anett Kontaveit at the 2021 Australian Open – Tennis Australia/ MORGAN HANCOCK

History at the event

Konteveit’s best result here is a quarterfinal in 2020, which is also her best slam result to date. She’s beaten some noteworthy opponents in her six entries, taking out Iga Swiatek and Belinda Bencic in 2020 and Jelena Ostapenko in 2018.

10-6 record, 63% win rate.

Last season

The Estonian made 2021 her breakthrough season, with four singles titles coming in Moscow, Ostrava, Transylvania, and Cleveland.

Kontaveit after winning in Ostrava 2021

She made a strong surge after the US Open and didn’t make any waves at the slams, but her biggest tournament was the WTA finals, where she made the final, also beating current world number four Pliskova, world number five Krejcikova, and world number six Sakkari. She ultimately lost to current world number three Garbine Muguruza. At the end of 2021 Konteveit could beat almost anyone.

Build up and form

The last tournament in 2021 was the aforementioned WTA finals, which were a resounding success and strong showing of form. In 2022 Kontaveit opened her season in the Sydney international as the fourth seed. She won her first round match against Shaui Zhang and the tournament is still running at the time of writing, her next match is against qualifier Elena-Gabriella Ruse.

Positives

She seems to have maintained at least some of her form from last year, keeping her tricky variety and attacking style. Now Kontaveit looks to push her success to a bigger stage. As mentioned her previous best slam result was here at the Australian Open.

Kontaveit at the 2021 WTA Finals

Negatives

Kontaveit has only won minor tournaments, never higher than a 500. She has never really performed in the grand slams, at least not with any consistency.

Expectations

If she keeps her form she’ll go deep into the tournament, but she probably hasn’t got the top end performance to win a slam. She could make the finals, but a quarterfinal seems more likely, though she is one of the safer bets in the draw.

Kontaveit in Moscow 2021

Best possible: F

Expected: QF

Worst possible: 3rd round

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