Kontaveit parts ways with coach Tursunov as she reaches career-high No.2 ranking

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Following Roland Garros, Anett Kontaveit of Estonia has ascended to a career-high WTA ranking of No.2, but on the same day her coach Dimitry Tursunov announced the end of their cooperation.

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Anett Kontaveit of Estonia with coach Dmitry Tursunov during practice ahead of the 2021 Akron WTA Finals Guadalajara WTA tennis tournament

“Feel proud of the work I put in and a bit sad but sometimes good things must come to an end,” Tursunov wrote on Twitter on Monday morning, as he announced the split. He congratulated Kontaveit on her new ranking accomplishment and thanked her for the opportunity to work with her.

Tursunov, ex-coach of Aryna Sabalenka, partnered with Kontaveit at the Western & Southern Open in August 2021. After a first-round exit there, the Estonian proceeded to win four WTA titles in the 2021 season (Cleveland, Ostrava, Moscow, and Cluj-Napoca) and make a Top 10 debut. She ended the season with a runner-up finish at the Akron WTA Finals Guadalajara. In 2022, Kontaveit won the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy title and played the final of the Qatar TotalEnergies Open.

The 26-year-old Kontaveit rose three spots in the latest rankings update and now has a total of 4,326 points, even though she lost in the first round of Roland Garros to Ajla Tomljanovic. Top-ranked Iga Swiatek, the 2022 French Open champion, has almost double the points, 8,631.


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“Kontaveit is the real winner of the French Open, you know. Lost first round, went on holiday to St. Tropez, soft-launched her boyfriend on Instagram and ended up with a career-high ranking of world No.2,” joked tennis writer Yasmin Syed.


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