Kontaveit at the 2019 French Open
|Born||24 December 1995|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft in)|
|Prize money||US$ 4,876,713|
|Career record||309-163 (65.5%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 14 (1 April 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 23 (26 October 2020)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2020)|
|French Open||4R (2018)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2017, 2018, 2019)|
|US Open||4R (2015, 2020)|
|Career record||50-35 (58.8%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 95 (2 March 2020)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2019, 2020)|
|French Open||3R (2019)|
|US Open||2R (2019)|
|Fed Cup||26-17 (60.5%)|
|Last updated on: 26 October 2020.|
Kontaveit has won one singles title on the WTA Tour as well as eleven singles and five doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. She has reached one Premier Mandatory semifinal at the 2019 Miami Open and the final of one Premier 5 event, the 2018 Wuhan Open. She reached her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 2020 Australian Open. Kontaveit achieved her best singles ranking of No. 14 on 1 April 2019, becoming the highest-ranked Estonian singles player of all time, and peaked at No. 97 in the WTA doubles rankings on 3 February 2020.
Kontaveit won the Estonian Championships in 2009 and again in 2010, being the youngest player ever in Estonia to do so.
Kontaveit had success on the junior tour in 2011, her best Grand Slam result of the year being at Roland Garros in May. There she made the quarterfinals with wins over world No. 6 Danka Kovini? and future-Wimbledon junior champion Ashleigh Barty. At the quarterfinal stage, she lost to Irina Khromacheva, the Wimbledon junior runner-up.
Kontaveit won her first ITF title in SEB Tallink Open 2011, beating Zuzana Luknárová in the final. She was also a member of Estonia Fed Cup team. She also had surprising success on the professional tour as she won three titles. She also had a semifinal singles result at a tournament in Almere on clay and a quarterfinal result in another tournament in Tallinn. She also made the finals of the SEB Tallinn Open in doubles with Maret Ani. She lost in the quarterfinals of the Tampere Open to Piia Suomalainen. Kontaveit won her second ITF title at the 2011 Savitaipale Open, where she beat Lisanne van Riet in the final.
She continued her success with a third title win at the Djursholm Tennis Club Stockholm Open. She won the tournament by defeating top seed Marion Gaud and then Syna Kayser in the final.
On 11 December, Kontaveit won the Orange Bowl, a Grade-A tournament on the ITF Junior Circuit, where she beat Eugenie Bouchard and Yulia Putintseva, both having top 300 WTA rankings. Her junior ranking skyrocketed to her career high of No. 9.
Kontaveit began the year at the Loy Yang Power Traralgon International, an under-18 girls tournament in Australia. Seeded second, she reached the third round where she lost to Taylor Townsend.
Next, Kontaveit headed to Melbourne for the junior Australian Open where she defeated Miho Kowase and Lee So-ra to advance to the third round, where she lost once more to eventual champion Taylor Townsend.
She played the Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone I, where she posted the biggest wins of her career. She started the event disappointingly, losing to Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, but in her next two matches she had record breaking wins. She became the lowest ranked person to beat a top-50 player in seven years, with her straight-sets victory over Tamira Paszek of Austria. She then backed up her result with a win over Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands. Despite Kontaveit's solid performances, Estonia was relegated to the Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone II.
In February 2012, Kontaveit won the $10k tournament in her hometown of Tallinn as an unseeded player. After this, she flew to the England for a $25k tournament in Bath, Somerset. In the first round, she defeated Alizé Lim, backed up by another win over qualifier Patrysja Sanduska. However, she lost in the third round to another qualifier, Di?na Marcink?vi?a.
Kontaveit was awarded a wild card for the qualifying draw of her first WTA Tour tournament, the e-Boks Danish Open in Copenhagen. In the first round of qualifying, she defeated Lenka Wienerová to advance to the second qualifying round. She overcame fellow teenager Kristina Mladenovic, but was knocked out of the tournament in the final round of qualifying by Annika Beck.
Kontaveit's next tournament was a $25k event in Tunis. In the first round, she swept aside Lina Stan?i?t? but was defeated by Richèl Hogenkamp in the second. Kontaveit played another $25k tournament in Chiasso, Switzerland, where she lost in the second round.
Kontaveit then played a girl's under-18 tournament in Milan, losing in the second round. After this, she reached the semifinals of the French Open girls' singles, losing to eventual champion Annika Beck. Then, to begin her short grass-court season, Kontaveit played an under-18 girl's tournament in Roehampton, once more losing in the second round. However, she saw better results at Wimbledon, reaching her second consecutive junior Grand Slam semifinal, where she lost to eventual champion Eugenie Bouchard.
Kontaveit began her final year in junior tennis at the Australian Open. After some convincing wins, including over higher ranked opponents including Antonia Lottner and Anna Danilina, she lost in the semifinals to Kate?ina Siniaková.
In March, Kontaveit received a wild card into the Sony Open main draw in Miami courtesy of her management deal with IMG. Playing Christina McHale in the first round's night session, Kontaveit lost in straight sets.
She played the rest of the year at ITF tournaments, summing four titles from the five finals she reached, entering the world's top 250 for the first time at the age of 18.
Kontaveit started the year as No. 249 in the WTA rankings. After qualifying for her first WTA tournament at the ASB Classic in Auckland, she then went on to play Fed Cup in Tallinn, winning 49 games in a row spanning three Fed Cup matches and two matches in the following week's ITF event in her hometown. After losing in the final to Timea Bacsinszky, she then played another ITF event in Moscow, where she lost in the final to Aliaksandra Sasnovich. After mediocre performances at the Sony Open and a WTA event in Monterrey, she performed well in a series of ITF tournaments on green clay in the United States. She held two match points to make the final of a tournament in Indian Harbour Beach, but lost the match to Taylor Townsend, who went on to win the tournament. Kontaveit lost in the final round of qualifying for the French Open.
Kontaveit qualified for Wimbledon for the first time in 2014. She held match point in the first round against Casey Dellacqua, but lost the match in three sets. She then qualified for the Swedish Open, beating top seed Alizé Cornet in the first round. She lost in the second round to Jana ?epelová.
Kontaveit travelled to North America and played in an ITF event in Vancouver, receiving a wild card into the Canadian Open, however did not play again for the remainder of the year after being diagnosed with infectious mononucleosis. At the end of the season, Kontaveit found a new coach in Australian Paul McNamee, and began training in Istanbul at the KozaWOS Academy.
After an extended training block in Australia to end 2014, Kontaveit's first tournament since the Canadian Open was the ASB Classic, where she lost to Urszula Radwa?ska in three sets. She then played her first Australian Open, defeating Paula Kania in the first round of qualifying before losing a close match against Evgeniya Rodina.
Kontaveit returned to Estonia to play in the Fed Cup, seemingly still suffering from illness as she put in poor performances and struggled to beat much lower ranked opponents. She made a strong return to the ITF at her training base in Istanbul, where she made the semifinals, her equal best ITF result, where she lost to Shahar Pe'er. She then went to an ITF event in Wiesbaden, Germany, where she was routed by Adrijana Lekaj, winning only three games. Kontaveit then headed to La Marsa in Tunisia where she lost to Romina Oprandi at the semifinal stage. Participating in the French Open qualifying again, she defeated Katerina Stewart, before losing to French wild card Clothilde de Bernardi.
Kontaveit transferred to the grass in Eastbourne, and won the $50k event, her biggest ITF title to date, without losing a set. She then continued this form in Surbiton, making the semifinals before losing a three-set match to Naomi Osaka. She then qualified and made the semifinals in Ilkley, beating players including Zhu Lin, Je?ena Ostapenko and Wang Yafan. However, she lost to Magda Linette after leading 5-1 in the third set and holding a match point. Despite this loss, Kontaveit had the most wins of any player on grass, and this form granted her a main-draw wild card to the Wimbledon Championships. She lost in the first round to the former world No. 1, Victoria Azarenka.
Kontaveit played three WTA tournaments after Wimbledon, the Swedish Open, ?stanbul Cup and Baku Cup. Despite disappointing showings in the singles including losses to Olga Govortsova, Melis Sezer and Karin Knapp, Kontaveit made her first WTA semifinal in doubles in Istanbul, partnering Elizaveta Kulichkova after being offered a wild card. At the Vancouver Open, Kontaveit qualified and beat Zhang Shuai and Patricia Maria ?ig before losing to Alla Kudryavtseva in the quarterfinals.
Kontaveit had her first Grand Slam break-through at the US Open. Starting as an unseeded player in qualifying, she beat Stephanie Vogt, María Teresa Torró Flor and Naomi Broady to qualify for the main draw. There, Kontaveit then beat Casey Dellacqua, 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Madison Brengle to reach the fourth round proper, where she lost to 23rd seed Venus Williams in straight sets. With this result Kontaveit broke into the top 100 for the first time, moving up over 60 places.
She finished the year by participating in WTA tournaments in Guangzhou, Tashkent and Luxembourg. However, a thigh injury hindered her performance at the latter events and she ended her season with a retirement in qualifying in Luxembourg.
Kontaveit started the season with a quarterfinal run at the Shenzhen Open before losing in the first round of the Australian Open to Garbiñe Muguruza. After losing in the first round of the Mexican Open to No. 4 seed Johanna Konta, she reached the semifinals in Monterrey, losing there to Kirsten Flipkens; however, she failed to qualify for both Indian Wells and Miami. She also lost in the first round of the French Open to Venus Williams.
During her grass-court season, Kontaveit reached the quarterfinals at the Nottingham Open (losing to Alison Riske) and qualified for the Eastbourne International (losing in the first round to Anna-Lena Friedsam) before losing in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships to Barbora Strýcová. Her next six tournaments (including the US Open) also ended in early exits; therefore, her ranking plummeted and she fell from the top 100. Her best year-end performance was a semifinal run in Guangzhou.
Kontaveit started her season ranked 121. Her first tournament was the Australian Open and was named one of the seven alternates through on the entry list, but a number of withdrawals that did not qualify to the main draw. She lost to Maria Sakkari in the first round. She then won the Andrézieux-Bouthéon ITF tournament, beating Ivana Jorovi? in the final. After that, she entered the Hungarian Ladies Open's main draw as a qualifier, losing to eventual semifinalist Julia Görges in the first round.
In the BNP Paribas Open, Kontaveit entered the main draw as a qualifier and beat world No. 47 Misaki Doi in the first round before falling to No. 19 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Her next tournament was the Miami Open, where, once again as a qualifier, she beat Kurumi Nara and recorded an upset over No. 32 seed and world No. 35 Ekaterina Makarova before losing to No. 3 seed Simona Halep in straight sets. Ranked No. 99 in the world, Kontaveit reached her first WTA-level final at her next tournament, the Ladies Open Biel Bienne, beating former world No. 38 Heather Watson, Evgeniya Rodina, Elise Mertens and Aliaksandra Sasnovich en route. She then lost to fellow first time finalist Markéta Vondrou?ová. Good results followed as she qualified for Stuttgart and reached the quarterfinals there. As a qualifier she also entered into Madrid and Rome, reaching the quarterfinals in the latter, which was her first Premier 5 quarterfinal. She lost to Simona Halep but beat world No. 1 Angelique Kerber en route. She followed that with a second round appearance at the French Open, beating Monica Niculescu before losing to Garbiñe Muguruza.
At her first grass tournament of 2017, the Ricoh Open, Kontaveit reached her second final of the year. En route she scored wins over sixth seed Kristýna Plí?ková, former Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens, Carina Witthöft and seventh seed Lesia Tsurenko. In the final, she got past Natalia Vikhlyantseva to clinch her maiden WTA title and ensure a top 40 debut.
Kontaveit began the new season at the Brisbane International losing in second round to Aliaksandra Sasnovich. At the Sydney International, she retired in the qualifying round one due to heatstroke.
At the Australian Open, she defeated Aleksandra Kruni? and Mona Barthel to advance to the third round where she faced world No. 7, Je?ena Ostapenko. Kontaveit defeated her to advance to the fourth round in Australia for the first time; however, she lost to Carla Suárez Navarro.
In the spring on clay courts, Kontaveit reached the semifinals of Stuttgart and Rome. At the French Open, she was seeded 25th and reached the fourth round for the second Grand Slam in a row losing to eventual finalist Sloane Stephens.
She hired Nigel Sears as her new coach at the start of the grass-court season. She failed to defend her Rosmalen Grass Court title losing in the first round to Veronika Kudermetova. She reached the third round of Wimbledon losing to Alison Van Uytvanck.
At the Rogers Cup, she lost to Petra Kvitová in straight sets. She lost in the third round of the Cincinnati Open to eventual winner Kiki Bertens. At the US Open she lost in the first round to Katarina Siniaková.
On 1 October 2018, she reached her best singles ranking of No. 21, after finishing runner-up at the Wuhan Open. During the tournament she beat Sloane Stephens, Donna Veki?, Zhang Shuai, Katarina Siniaková and Wang Qiang to reach the final where she lost in straight sets to Aryna Sabalenka.
She received a bye into the second round of the China Open, after reaching the final of Wuhan. She was later defeated by Caroline Wozniacki in the third round. She finished the season being eliminated in the round robin of the WTA Elite Trophy, after losing to Elise Mertens and beating Julia Görges.
Kontaveit started the year by reaching the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International beating Suarez Navarro and Kvitová before losing to eventual finalist Lesia Tsurenko. She then lost to Elise Mertens in the second round of the Sydney International. Seeded 20th at the Australian Open, she won against Sara Sorribes Tormo and lost in the second round to Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Kontaveit then moved onto the Sunshine Double tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami. Seeded 21st, she reached the fourth round at Indian losing to Karolína Plí?ková in three sets. She then made her breakthrough at the Miami Open. Seeded again 21st, she defeated Amanda Anisimova, Ajla Tomljanovic and Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu to reach her first Premier Mandatory quarterfinal. She defeated 27th seed Hsieh Su-wei despite trailing in the third set. She then faced Ashleigh Barty but lost in straight sets. These results propelled her ranking from 20 to 14 and made her the highest ranked Estonian player in history, male or female, and surpassed compatriot Kaia Kanepi's career-high rank of 15.
At her first clay-court event of the season, she was seeded eighth; at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, she defeated Caroline García in two sets to face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in a rematch of last years quarterfinal. She defeated her in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals for the third year in a row and face Viktoria Azarenka whom she beat; Azarenka retired in the third set. This meant, she reached the semifinals for the second year running and was due to face world No. 1, Naomi Osaka. However, Osaka withdrew with an abdominal injury handing Kontaveit a walkover to the final to face Petra Kvitová. She lost the final in two sets.
She was seeded 14th at the Madrid Open, however lost in the first round to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in three sets. Her next event was the Italian Open where she was seeded 15th. She defeated Mona Barthel to face Maria Sakkari in the second round. However, she lost in straight sets. Her results meant she was seeded 17th at the French Open, her best seeding at a Grand Slam event but she lost there in the first round to Karolina Muchová.
Her first grass-court match ended in defeat to seventh seed Johanna Konta at the Birmingham Classic. Seeded 16th at Eastbourne, she came from a set down to defeat wild-carded Harriet Dart in the first round to set up a second-round clash with Anna-Lena Friedsam. She was defeated in straight sets.
At Wimbledon, she was the 20th seed, and defeated Shelby Rogers in the first round to face Heather Watson. She defeated her in two sets to face Karolina Muchová in the third round; she lost to the Czech in two sets. This result pushed her one spot in the rankings to 19th in the world.
After taking the next month off she returned at the Rogers Cup where she is the 16th seed. Her first match was against the wild-carded Maria Sharapova. She defeated her in an epic two hour and forty minute match. She won a 17-minute service game to break Sharapova and to serve for the match. In the second round, she defeated Carla Suárez Navarro who retired in the second set. She lost to third seed Karolína Plí?ková in the third round.
At the Southern & Western Open, she defeated 13th seed Angelique Kerber in the first round to face Polish teenager Iga ?wi?tek in round two. She defeated her in two sets to face the top seed and world No. 2, Ash Barty in round three. She lost in three tight sets, despite serving for the match in the final set. With this results she dropped to 21st in the world and secured her the 21st seed at the US Open.
At the US Open, Kontaveit opened the tournament with a win against Sara Sorribes Tormo. She defeated Ajla Tomljanovi? in the second round but withdrew from her third-round match against 13th seed Belinda Bencic with a viral illness.
She withdrew from two Premier events, in Zhengzhou and the Toray Pan Pacific Open. She also withdrew from the Wuhan Open where she had reached the final in 2018. Her withdrawal meant that she would drop down the rankings with points being deducted from last year. She later revealed on Instagram that she had been suffering from an ongoing illness and a small operation. She said, she may return in time for either Linz or the Kremlin Cup but withdrew from both.
Kontaveit began her season at the Brisbane International defeating Hsieh Su-wei but losing to No. 6 seed Kiki Bertens in three sets. Her next match was the Adelaide International where she lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round in straight sets. In her next tournament, at the Australian Open as a 28th seed, she defeated Astra Sharma and Sara Sorribes Tormo. She then crushed Belinda Bencic, losing only one game, to reach the fourth round for the second time in her career. Iga Swiatek fell in three sets to give Kontaveit a place in the quarterfinals where she lost against Simona Halep. However, with her win in the fourth round against Swiatek, she became the first Estonian, male or female, to reach a quarterfinal at the Australian Open, and with this tournament's result she moved up nine places in the WTA rankings to 22. She next went to Dubai where she made the quarterfinals but lost to Petra Marti?.
At the first Premier 5 tournament at Doha, she defeated Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets before losing to 9th seed and eventual champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in a tight three set match 5-7 6-2 5-7.
Kontaveit returned to the tour at Palermo, the first WTA tournament during the coronavirus pandemic. She was seeded 4th and defeated Romanian Patricia Maria ?ig in her first match 6-3 6-3. In the second round, she defeated Laura Siegemund of Germany in three sets 3-6 6-2 6-2 to face Italian wildcard Elisabetta Cocciaretto in the quarterfinals. She defeated the Italian wildcard in three sets 6-1 4-6 6-1 to reach her first semi final of the season against the top seed Petra Marti? of Croatia. She defeated the Croat 6-2 6-4 to advance to her first final of the season. She was defeated by Frenchwoman Fiona Ferro in the final 6-2 7-5 despite serving for the second set at 5-3. Nevertheless the run to the final saw Kontaveit return to the Top 20 at number 20.
Her next tournament was at the Western & Southern Open. Seeded 12th she defeated former Top 10 player Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-3 6-1, Switzerland's Jil Teichmann 6-3 6-4 and Marie Bouzková 6-3 6-3 to set up a quarter final clash against former World Number 1 Naomi Osaka of Japan. Despite leading by a set and a break she eventually lost the match 6-4 2-6 5-7.
Seeded 14th at the US Open she defeated Danielle Collins in the first round in three sets 5-7 6-2 6-2. In the second round she defeated Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 6-4 6-1 and 24th Magda Linette 6-3 6-2 in the third round to reach the forth round of the US Open for a second time to face 4th seeded Naomi Osaka. However, she was not able to avenge her prior defeat to her, falling to the eventual champion in straight sets 3-6 4-6.
Kontaveit utilizes a variety of strokes that generally force opponents to hit awkward returns--enabling her to strike fast winners or draw quick errors. While seeking a short ball from her opponent, she will typically attack with a high kick serve, alter pace with a backhand slice, or change direction in a prolonged rally. Along with her kicker, Kontaveit employs a wide slice serve as well. She is also noted for her speed around the baseline, allowing her to reach most shots and hit running forehands. Since hiring Nigel Sears as her coach she has improved her service action adding more power and variety to it, such as utilising the kick serve which has helped save break points against opponents. She has also become more aggressive and learned when to pull the trigger in rallies.
Current through the 2020 Australian Open.
|Australian Open||A||A||Q2||1R||1R||4R||2R||QF||0 / 5||8-5||62%|
|French Open||A||Q3||Q2||1R||2R||4R||1R||1R||0 / 5||4-5||44%|
|Wimbledon||A||1R||1R||1R||3R||3R||3R||NH||0 / 6||6-6||50%|
|US Open||A||A||4R||1R||1R||1R||3R||4R||0 / 6||8-5||62%|
|Win-Loss||0-0||0-1||3-2||0-4||3-4||8-4||5-3||7-3||0 / 22||26-21||55%|
Note: Kontaveit withdrew from the 2019 US Open before her third-round match, which does not officially count as a loss.
|Australian Open||A||A||2R||2R||0 / 2||2-2||50%|
|French Open||A||A||3R||A||0 / 1||2-1||67%|
|Wimbledon||2R||1R||1R||NH||0 / 3||1-3||25%|
|US Open||A||A||2R||A||0 / 1||1-0||100%|
|Win-Loss||1-1||0-1||4-3||1-1||0 / 7||6-6||50%|
Note: Kontaveit and Daria Kasatkina withdrew from the 2019 US Open before their second-round match, which does not officially count as a loss.