Anett Kontaveit achieved her dream on Monday when she became the first Estonian player ever to break into the top-10. Following her hickory in Cluj-Napoca, Kontaveit achieved multiple things. On Sunday, No. 2 seed Kontaveit saw off top-seeded Simona Halep 6-2 6-3 to win her fourth title of the season.
With the win over Halep, Kontaveit sealed the final.plafe at the WTA Finals and climbed up to a career-high ranking of No. 7 in the world. “It’s something that I’ve dreamed about since … I don’t even know.
Honestly, when I started playing tennis I didn’t even think I’d make Top 100, then you get Top 100 and you set new goals,” Kontaveit told the WTA Tour. “Of course it’s been a goal for quite a few years now, but honestly, I don’t even believe it until I see it on Monday.
It’s been a tremendous effort at the end of the year, playing every week, so many matches. The mental effort, just focusing for each match has definitely been an effort and a half.”
Kontaveit has been absolutely phenomenal over the last two months
Through June and August, Kontaveit went on a five-match losing streak.
Since then, Kontaveit has won four titles and lost just tow matches. In August, Kontaveit started working with coach Dmitry Tursunov. Kontaveit actually lost her first match with Tursunov but then started playing the tennis of her life.
“Oh, no. No, no, no, absolutely not. Honestly, after losing to Ons in Cincy, I was just hoping to just win a few matches,” Kontaveit claimed, when asked if it was their goal when they started working. “I definitely didn’t think ahead too much.
You can plan so many things but life has other plans. So I’ve really been living in the moment and taking each match as they come and really having a great time on court, actually, which is strange to say.”