World No. 7 Anett Kontaveit is "confident" she can make a deep in Sydney and the Australian Open. Kontaveit, 26, made a positive start to her Sydney campaign on Monday as she saw off Shuai Zhang 6-3 6-3 in her opener at the tournament.
Kontaveit finished the 2021 season on a high as she captured four titles in two months, before ending runner-up at the WTA Finals. "I know I can go deep in these weeks and do well and play good tennis and competitive tennis against great players," said Kontaveit, per the Australian Open website.
"I think I have this inner confidence, but I'm not putting too much pressure on myself.
The end of the season was physically very demanding, and although now I'm feeling good and ready to play again, it's going to be a new season and just really happy to be back competing."
Petra Kvitova joins Kontaveit
Former world No.
2 Kvitova was also in action on Monday as she beat Arantxa Rus 3-6 7-6 (4) 7-5 in her Sydney opener. "I really had to fight today a lot. I lost my first match in Adelaide and after losing in the beginning of the season, you don't feel the best, and that was my case," said Kvitova.
"It was really difficult but somehow, I made it. It's been a long time since I turned a match from match points, so this is something very special." Also, Kvitova said she can't miss when she is playing her best tennis.
"I think I had a pretty tough off season, so I hope that at one point it will show up,” said the 31-year-old. "I can still improve the movement on it. Sometimes the easy balls is where I'm doing the mistakes.
With my risky game sometimes it's very tricky, but when I'm playing the best tennis, I just can't miss."