Estonia's young athlete of the year, Anett Kontaveit, 20, was unable to collect her award as she is traveling to China where she will begin her first season as Estonia's top tennis player, having passed Kaia Kanepi in the second half of 2015.
Kontaveit is currently ranked 91st in the world with a career high of 88. Kanepi is 122nd, but was 15th in the world in 2012.
“The more games I play, the more confidence I get. The big goal for next year is make the top 50 in the world,” she said.
Kontaveit said she will not make great changes to her preparation routine and the goal is to play as many games as possible at strong tournaments.
Kontaveit's year of rising in the rankings culminated in September 2015 at the US Open where she defeated Casey Dellacqua (WTA 60), Anastasia Pavlychenkova (WTA 31) and Madison Brengle (WTA 47) before losing to Venus Williams (WTA 23) in the fourth round.
Editor: J.M. Laats