Anett Knotaveit on Sunday completed her run through the draw in Den Bosch, Netherlands, defeating Natalia Vikhlyantseva to win the Ricoh Open for her first career WTA title.
Here’s a little more on this rising star from Estonia:
The Anett Kontaveit File
Residence: Tallinn, Estonia
Current Rank: 36
Career-High Rank: 36 (June 2017)
Best US Open Finish: 4R (2015)
- Kontaveit, who was unseeded in Den Bosch, had a difficult road to her first career title. She went three sets in three of her five matches, including in a first-round victory over No. 8 seed Kristyna Pliskova and in her semifinal win over No. 7 Lesia Tsurenko. She capped it off with a relatively routine 6-3, 6-2 victory over Vikhlyantseva in the final to become the first Estonian to win a WTA title since Kaia Kanepi in 2013.
- Kontaveit is a former US Open junior finalist, falling to American Samantha Crawford in the girls’ title match in 2012. That same year, she reached the semifinals at both the French Open juniors and junior Wimbledon, and she also advanced to the girls’ singles semis at the Australian Open in 2013.
- Kontaveit’s tour-level breakthrough came at the US Open in 2015, when she qualified and advanced to the round of 16 before falling to Venus Williams. That remains her best Grand Slam tournament result.
- Kontaveit has long been billed as a potential future star but made her big leap this year. She has already improved from No. 109 at year-end 2016 to crack the Top 40 for the first time on the strength of reaching the second round in Indian Wells, the third round in Miami and the quarterfinals in Stuttgart and Rome. She qualified for all four of those events.
- Also in 2017, she won an ITF Pro Circuit tournament in France, reached the final at the WTA event in Biel, Switzerland, and advanced to the second round at the French Open, pushing defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza to three sets.
They Said It!
“I’m so thrilled and happy, and really, really proud to win this title. I've been trying to keep low expectations, just to take it match by match and not thinking of the result so much. I’m working really hard and I think it’s a result of that, and I’m really happy with how I’m improving and how things are working out right now.” – Kontaveit, to wtatennis.com, after taking the title in Den Bosch