Kontaveit won six WTA singles titles during a 13-year career on Tour
Estonian rose to be the World No.2 and reached the title match at the 2021 WTA Finals
ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The WTA today celebrates the distinguished career of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit following her final singles match at Wimbledon.
Kontaveit revealed last month the third Grand Slam of the year would be her final tournament, with today’s second-round match against Marie Bouzkova proving to be her last WTA match after 13 seasons on Tour (she is still competing in mixed doubles with Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori).
“Tennis has given and taught me a lot, and I am very grateful for that,” said Kontaveit. “It has been important for me to bring the Estonian flag to the tennis courts and to be able to play in front of my supporters and fans all over the world.”
The Estonian made her WTA debut at Copenhagen in 2012 and went on to reach at least one WTA singles final from 2017 to 2022, winning titles at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Cleveland, Ostrava, Moscow, Cluj-Napoca and St. Petersburg.
She enjoyed the best year of her career in 2021, dramatically winning back-to-back titles at Moscow then Cluj-Napoca at the end of the season to become the first Estonian woman to qualify for the WTA Finals, going on to reach the championship match in Guadalajara and subsequently make her Top 10 debut. She ended that year as the joint match win leader with 48 victories (level with Ons Jabeur) before peaking in the rankings at World No.2 in June, 2022.
Kontaveit also became the first Estonian to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in 2020, defeated then-World No.1 Angelique Kerber at Rome in 2017, and following her efforts in 2021 was nominated as the WTA’s Most Improved Player of the Year.
She steps away from the court with a career win-loss record of 390-204 and prize money of over $8 million.