When all is said and done, Anastasija Sevastova could go down in history as the athlete with the best comeback story. The Latvian professional tennis player, who retired from the game in 2013, has made a sensational return to the sport and is well on her way to winning her first Grand Slam title, having already won several WTA titles.
Who is Anastasija Sevastova? Biography
Anastasija Sewastowa was born on April 13, 1990, in Liepaja, Latvia. She started to play tennis at the age of about 6 years after her grandmother introduced her to the sport. She played tennis for fun until she was about 15 years old when she decided to make a career out of it. Her first notable match was the 2007 Istanbul Cup, where she won her first WTA match in the first round of the competition against Anastasiya Yakimova before she was eliminated in the next round.
In 2009 Sevastova qualified for the main draw at the US Open. She won her first match in the Grand Slam tournament, announcing her arrival in the tennis world. In 2010 the young Latvian began to earn a reputation as a giant killer when she defeated a top 10 player in the first round of the Monterrey Open. A few weeks later she pissed off another top-seeded player at the Estoril Open before winning the title in her first-ever WTA final.
In the 2011 and 2012 WTA tours, Anastasija Sevastova slowly became the fans’ favorite as she showed performances that challenged her experienced opponents. During this time, however, she suffered a number of injuries and illnesses that prevented her from reaching great heights. This made her a decision about her career in May 2013.
Sevastova’s time on the sidelines lasted 19 months, after which she returned to the sport to make an appearance through a wildcard slot at the Sharm El Sheikh tournament in Egypt in January 2015. The year proved to be quite successful, as she won four ITF tournaments and reached a WTA semi-final for the first time since 2013. In 2016 Sevastova, who had been rejuvenated during her tennis break, reached the finals of the Mallorca Open and the Bucharest Open, but could not win a single one of them. At the US Open later that year she reached the quarter-finals of the tournament, where she was eliminated by Caroline Wozniacki. Even though she did not win, her performances reached the pinnacle of her career this year and she reached a new career-high with 32 points.
Anastasija Sevastova started 2017 by reaching the third round of the Australian Open. She then reached two semi-finals in the Premier 5 tournaments before winning the Mallorca Open, her first WTA title since 2010, and her victory continued to be the focus of the rankings as she climbed to 17th place. In 2018 she won her third WTA title in her career at the Bucharest Open and hopes to win her first Grand Slam at the US Open.
Anastasija Sevastova’s Family – Parents
Nothing is known about the father of Anastasija Sevastova, but her mother, whose name is Diana Golovanova, is an English teacher at home in Latvia. She shares the same birth name with the Russian-Israeli singer and actress Diana Golbi, who became famous after winning the eighth episode of the Israeli version of Pop Idol called Kokhav Nolad.
Sevastova’s mother was in the news in September 2016 after she traveled for the first time in her daughter’s career to see her play at a Grand Slam. Golovanova proved to be the motivation her daughter needed when she beat number 3 seeded Garbine Muguruza at the US Open. It was also the first time in her career that she beat a top 5 player.
Another person worth mentioning in her life is her coach and friend Ronald Schmidt. Schmidt, who was born on June 23, 1980, in Leoben, Austria, was responsible for ensuring that his girlfriend was able to play tennis at the highest level again after her long break from tennis. The two have come a long way together and have managed to keep their private lives separate from their professional lives.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Anastasija Sevastova
Date of Birth: 13th April 1990
Place of Birth: Liepāja, Latvia
Height: 5 feet 7 inches (1.69 m)
Weight: 65 kg (143 pounds)