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Anett Kontaveit vs Serena Williams prediction, ranking coach husband partner

Serena Williams's next opponent is Anett Kontaveit, who is having trouble.

They will play each other on Wednesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium, which will be full. Williams feels at home there, even though it hasn't always been a safe place.

Serena Williams is almost 41 years old, so you might think she has seen everything there is to see in tennis. However, she keeps learning new things in what she has said might be her last tournament, but hasn't confirmed.

Since June, when she came back to the tour after being away for almost a year, she has played five singles matches, four of which were against people she had never played before.

In the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday night, she will play her first match ever against the No. 2 seed, Anett Kontaveit.

They will play in Arthur Ashe Stadium, which will be full of people. Williams feels at home there, even though it hasn't always been a safe place.

Kontaveit, a 26-year-old Estonian whose international fame is not nearly as high as her ranking, has probably never done anything like what she will do on Wednesday. She seems more excited than scared, though.

She said, "I'm going to fight as hard as I can for every point, and I'm going to really enjoy the atmosphere of playing against the best player of all time." "I think it's a wonderful chance."

In the second round of the U.S. Open, Anett Kontaveit will play Serena Williams for the first time.
In the second round of the U.S. Open, Anett Kontaveit will play Serena Williams for the first time.

Estonia is the northernmost of the three Baltic States. Kontaveit is the best player from Estonia in history. But she is not the first Estonian woman to play singles at a high level. Kaia Kanepi, who is 37 years old, made her first Grand Slam singles quarterfinal in 2008 at the French Open. Since then, she has made it to six more, the most recent being a big surprise at this year's Australian Open.

Kontaveit is a fierce ball-striker with a strong serve, but she has only made it to the quarterfinals of one Grand Slam tournament at this point. This helps explain why she isn't as well-known as she could be. But she did something new for Estonia by making it to the finals of the WTA Finals, the tour's most important end-of-year event, where she lost to Garbie Muguruza of Spain.

That run moved Kontaveit up in the rankings, but she has done best in lower-level races and often indoors, which isn't surprising given Estonia's long winters. Even though she often trains in Britain and was once called "an honorary Briton with a cut-glass English accent" by the country's Daily Telegraph, which is probably a compliment, she still lives in Tallinn, Estonia's capital, in an elegant modern apartment that she has decorated with plants and some of her own hand-made pottery.

"She gets recognized on the street, and she definitely has a lot of fans in Estonia," said Torben Beltz, a veteran German coach who joined her team in June before Wimbledon.

Kontaveit was a child prodigy who won the Estonian women's singles title at age 13. Her mother, √úlle Milk, taught her when she was young. But she has worked with a number of well-known international coaches on tour. She has worked with the Dutchman Glenn Schaap, the Britishman Nigel Sears, and the Russian Dmitry Tursunov, a straight-talking, deep-thinking former tour player who helped Aryna Sabalenka get into the top three and then helped Anett Kontaveit get there.

But in the spring of this year, Tursunov and Kontaveit broke up. Kontaveit said that they broke up because Tursunov's Russian citizenship made it hard for him to get visas and go on tour with her regularly after Russia invaded Ukraine. However, the 19-year-old British star Emma Raducanu quickly hired Tursunov for a trial run, so that wasn't a problem.

Even though Kontaveit made it to the final of the Qatar Open in February, this has been a hard season for her. She said she got Covid-19 at the end of April, so she missed the Madrid Open and said it was hard for her body when she got back on the tour.

"She kind of had a long Covid," Beltz said. "She wasn't in shape, but she's getting close again, and she's playing better in practice now. So I think it will happen."

This is Kontaveit's first match against Williams, but Beltz has coached against Williams before. He had worked with Angelique Kerber when she played Serena Williams in a number of big matches, including the 2016 Australian Open final, which Kerber won, and the 2016 Wimbledon final, which Kerber lost.

Beltz said with a laugh, "I've been on the lookout for her for a long time." "If you play well in a tournament, you have to check out Serena because your player might have to play her." But I think it's great to go up against a champion. There will be a good game tomorrow."

Iga Swiatek of Poland beat Kontaveit in the final of the Qatar Open.
Iga Swiatek of Poland beat Kontaveit in the final of the Qatar Open.

Beltz watched Williams beat Danka Kovinic of Montenegro on Monday night at Ashe Stadium, but this time he did it from a distance. He did this by watching on TV.

Beltz said, "I couldn't get a ticket." "This is the biggest thing in women's tennis I've ever seen. I think it's great for the sport, and we should all thank Serena for everything she's done. Even more so now that the end is coming."

Williams has only won two of her five singles matches since she came back to the tour in June. However, Beltz could make progress against Kovinic.

Beltz said of Williams, "I think her ball speed, serve, and return are really up to her prime time." "I watched some of her other matches, and it seems like she's gotten better in the last two weeks. She looks better now that she is in better shape. I think the best thing for Anett to do is just go out and try to play her best tennis while also having fun. It will be a big challenge, a great challenge, but I think she wants it and is ready for it."

She may get to take on the challenge twice in Williams's last U.S. Open, which is pretty amazing. In the second round of the women's doubles tournament, Kontaveit and her American partner Shelby Rogers could also play Williams and her sister Venus.

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