Former world No 2 Anett Kontaveit says her back hasn't been causing her problems at the Billie Jean King Cup. After being out for two months due to a back injury, Kontaveit made her return by representing Estonia in the Billie Jean King Cup ll.
On Monday, Kontaveit defeated Isabella Kruger 6-1 6-2 to lead Estonia to a win over South Africa in Portugal. The next day, Kontaveit defeated Arlinda Rushiti 6-1 6-1 to help Estonia clinch victory over Kosovo. Most importantly, Kontaveit didn't feel any back pain during her Billie Jean King Cup matches in Portugal.
“This week is kind of a test for me because I haven't competed in a few months. So far so good, I haven't felt my back in my matches. I am very happy with that," Kontaveit said, via Raquetc.
Kontaveit on the challenging last 12 months
Around this time last year, Kontaveit contracted COVID-19.
Kontaveit was hit really hard by COVID-19 as she dealt with the after-effects of the virus. Kontaveit went from being No 2 to now being ranked at No 69. “I have had several problems in the last year, I even got Covid-19.
I know I fell in the rankings, but I know my level and I know that if I play well I have a chance against all the players in the world. I really believe in my game. But now the main goal is to be healthy," Kontaveit said. Kontaveit is a six-time WTA champion and one of the most popular Estonian athletes.
Kontaveit is hoping to have a positive influence on Estonian kids and help tennis grow in her country. “I hope that tennis becomes more and more popular in Estonia. It is a magnificent sport and the perfect choice of parents for their children. Maybe I'm being biased, but it's my opinion! [laughs]," Kontaveit said.