Former top 40 player Anastasija Sevastova officially ends her 18-month retirement


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Former top 40 player Anastasija Sevastova officially ends her 18-month retirement

Whilst the attention of the tennis community is currently fixated on the Austrailian Open, former world number 36 Anastasija Sevastova has officially started her comeback to the tour today at an ITF $10,000 event in Egypt.

In her first match played since March 2013, the wild card entrant eased her way to a 6-3 6-1 win against British world number 691 Eden Silva. The 24-year-old retired from the sport in May 2013 due to a combination of illnesses and injuries.

At the high of her career, the Latvian reached a ranking high of 36 in the world. She created history in 2010 by becoming the first Latvian to win a WTA level title in 20 years when she took the Estori Open title. She also reached the fourth round of the Australian Open in 2011.

In addition to her WTA title she has won 9 ITF titles. There were indications that Sevastova was preparing for a return to the tour in May last year. The Latvian played in the Bundesliga tennis league for Braunschweiger THC and produced a series of convincing wins.

One of her most noticeable wins was a 6-3 6-2 triumph against current world number 104 Carina Witthöft. Despite the build up to her comeback, Sevastova is yet to conduct any formal interview about why she has returned to the tour with any media outlet.

In the second round of the ITF Egypt event, she could potentially play top seed Despina Papamichail.

Australian Open 2011. Anastasija Sevastova vs. Yanina Wickmayer