Anett Kontaveit explains why an early AO exit might have been a blessing in disguise

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Anett Kontaveit explains why an early AO exit might have been a blessing in disguise

World No. 6 Anett Kontaveit admitted it was tough for her to suffer an early exit at the Australian Open but looking back now it might have been a blessing in disguise. Kontaveit, who was aiming to win her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne, suffered a surprise loss to Clara Tauson in the Australian Open secound round.

After losing in Melbourne, kontaveit returned to home and put up a strong training block. Kontaveit returned to action last week and won St. Petersburg. "It was definitely a tough one to take. Of course I was expecting so much more from myself and from this Australian Open," Kontaveit told the WTA website.

"But I think that's why tennis is such a great sport. I came back home and I worked really, really hard. I think a bit of the pre-season training that I couldn't do because of the season being so long and having health issues, I think managed to do a really good training block and get myself in a little bit better shape."

Kontaveit bounces back in style

"I think tennis is great because we get a new chance almost every week. So if some things don't go your way one week, you get another chance next week to do better to try a little bit harder," Kontaveit added.

Kontaveit pulled off a stunning comeback in the St. Petersburg final to beat No. 1 seed Maria Sakkari 5-7 7-6 (4) 7-5. Sakkari was up by a set and a break and she was also 5-2 up in the third set. "It was such a tough battle.

I was behind in the score so many times that I couldn't quite believe that I managed to pull that off. Really just so proud of myself with the way I managed to stick in the match and just keep fighting and just feel like I never, never gave up.

Just so happy with the way I managed to put up a really good fight and eventually just keep calm and get through it," Kontaveit reflected.