Latvian tennis player Anastasija Sevastova has decided to take an indefinite break from tennis as she says there is something that's preventing her from playing her best tennis. Sevastova, 31, didn't want to reveal the exact reason for her indefinite break but added that she plans to return to the court once she feels fully confident again.
"It’s not cool that you can’t show your best game on the field, because there is something disturbing all the time," Sevastova said on LTV Zinu dienests, according to Sportskeeda. "I don’t want to go on the field until I feel 100% confident.
I will take a longer break now. I don’t know how long the break will be”.
Sevastova admits it's a tough decision
“It’s a difficult decision, but – sport is not a lifetime," Sevastova said.
"I hope everyone will respect my decision. After that, I have to live, and I do not want to live with all the injuries." Whatever is bothering Sevastova, she doesn't want it to become public. "I don’t want everyone to know what hurts me and what I have," she added.
"It’s private information”. Sevastova started her season at the Melbourne Summer Set 2, where she made the round-of-16. Sevastova then appeared at the Australian Open, where she was beaten in her opener by Magda Linette.
Linette, ranked at No. 46 in the world, handed a 6-4 7-5 loss to Sevastova. Linette claimed the first break of the match in the second game but Sevastova broke back in the third game. Sevastova dropped her serve once again in the sixth game but broke back Linette when the Pole was serving for the set in the ninth game.
Sevastova lost the first set after getting broken in the 10th game of the opener. Sevastova was three times up by a break in the second set and even had three set points on her serve in the 10th game. After blowing three set points in the 10th game of the second set, Sevastova lost her serve in the 11th game as Linette served out for the match in the 12th game.