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Kaia Kanepi saves 2 match points on her way to win in Estoril.


Kaia Kanepi fought back from a set and a break down and saved two match points on her way to a dramatic victory over Carla Suarez Navarro in the final of the Estoril Open. Spaniard Suarez Navarro will feel she should have broken her duck in her third WTA Tour final after leading by a set and 5-3, holding two match points in the second-set tie-break and even leading 4-2 in the decider. But sixth seed Kanepi’s power game eventually proved too much, and she ran out a 3-6 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 winner in Portugal. It was a sweet moment for the 26-year-old world number 34, who has struggled with a shoulder injury this season and recently split from coach Silver Karjus. Kanepi told “I’ve won a few matches from match points down but I’ve never won a final like this. I’ll remember this final in a good way for a long time. “This title means a lot. I was injured and it was tough to come back. And though my fitness trainer was with me here, I quit with my coach recently, so it means a lot I did this on my own. But that doesn’t mean I don’t need a coach now.”

The men’s final on Sunday will see the top two seeds go head to head after victories for Juan Martin Del Potro and Richard Gasquet. Defending champion and number one seed Del Potro had a tricky looking assignment against in-form Stanislas Wawrinka but the Argentinian did not face a break point in a 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 victory. Frenchman Gasquet, meanwhile, made a slow start against Albert Ramos and spent more then three hours on court before eventually prevailing 2-6 7-6 (7/1) 7-5.


Flavia Pennetta wins her 9th. WTA title.


Italian Flavia Pennetta claimed her ninth WTA singles title on Sunday as she defeated Carla Suarez of Spain 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

The 28-year-old second-seeded Italian – ranked 16 in the world – took just over two hours to dispose of her doughty 21-year-old Spanish opponent, who was seeded eight.

Pennetta – a two-time US Open quarter-finalist and a top class doubles player having reached the 2005 US Open final – bested her opponent especially on her first service, converting 72 percent of her first serves into points compared to just 52 percent for Suarez.

Pennetta, who won her first title back in 2004 on clay in Sopot, Poland, was also the better on saving break points, getting out of trouble on nine of the 13 occasions she was a break point down while Suarez only managed to save herself on four of the 11 occasions.

The Italian was the only one of the top three seeds to more than justify her seeding as third seed Kim Clijsters – fresh from her victory in Miami – crashed out in the second round and top seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus withdrew during her quarter-final.


Pennetta v. Navarro in Sunday’s Andalucia final.

Carla Suarez Navarro got the better of compatriot Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez to set up an Andalucia Tennis Experience final against Flavia Pennetta.

Martinez Sanchez reached the Marbella semi-finals when top seed Victoria Azarenka withdrew in the first set of their match yesterday.

And the fifth seed looked to be benefiting from her brief workout yesterday as she took the first set 6-2.

However, her eighth-seeded opponent rallied, using her consistent first serve – which was almost faultless at 89% in the third set – to claim a 2-6 6-3 6-2 win.

The other semi-final, an all-Italian affair, was distinctly one-sided.

Second seed Pennetta needed less than an hour to breeze past compatriot Sara Errani 6-1 6-1.


Tatjana Malek dumps the 5th. seed.


Tatjana Malek started her week at the Nürnberger Gastein Ladies in style Monday, upsetting No.5 seed Carla Suárez Navarro, 26 62 64. The German’s defeat of the 31st-ranked player in the world was her second best career win on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, having topped then-No.21 Katarina Srebotnik at ‘s Hertogenbosch in 2007.

Malek and Suárez Navarro had split their two previous meetings, both of which were also on clay, with the Spaniard winning most recently in the quarters of Barcelona earlier this year. That final eight appearance is Malek’s best result on Tour so far this year.

The other two main draw matches saw Ioana Raluca Olaru edge Marta Domachowska, 57 64 63, and Andrea Petkovic beat Sandra Kloesel, 64 63. In the final round of qualifying, Zuzana Ondraskova, Sharon Fichman, Carmen Klaschka and Lenka Jurikova all were victorious to secure main draw berths. Also Monday, second-seeded Francesca Schiavone, the champion here in 2007 and a finalist just last week in Prague, had to withdraw from the tournament with a back injury.

The rest of the seeded players play their first round matches Tuesday, including No.1 seed Alizé Cornet versus Marina Duque Marino, No.3 seed Sybille Bammer, fresh off her title in Prague, against Anastasija Sevastova and No.4 seed Iveta Benesova versus Alexandra Dulgheru.


How far will Dokic go?

After beating #17 and #11 in the world, it would seem that Jelena’s next opponent will be a lot easier. Alisa Kleybanova did Jelena a favour by eliminating the #5 player Ana Ivanovic. Even though Ivanovic has not been playing well she is always a threat, and might have been able to conjour up a better game had she advanced to the next round. Kleybanova does not have the speed or movement to return Jelena’s ground shots. Her second serve is poor, and should be easy to put away. She does possess a good forehand angled cross court shot that is hit with power, and Jelena must be sure to not to leave any ball short.

If she wins and moves on to the quarter final, she will meet the winner of Dinara Safina/Alize Cornet match which on paper looks to be Safina. Cornet is playing her best tennis at the moment, but she may not be powerful enough to stop Safina. This might be the end of the road for Jelena.

There are two other 4th round matches that could be a deciding factor in the eventual outcome of the tournament. One is the match between Serena Williams and Azerenka, and unless Williams can up her game to another level she might well be upset. The other match is between Carla Navarro and Flavia Pennetta. Navarro outplayed Venus in the biggest upset so far, and maybe playing the best tennis of any player in the draw. Don’t be surprised to see her in the semi final!

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Venus ousted at Aussie Open.


Carla Suarez Navarro a 20 year old from Barcelona defeated Venus Williams 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the biggest upset of the Aussie Open to date. Venus came in to the tournament as many peoples favourite after showing such good form at both the end of 2008 and her warm-up in Hong Kong. In post game interview Venus complimented the young Spaniard for her win, saying that she played really good tennis, was agressive and continually went for her shots. She added that, ‘she forced me into a defensive role which is not where I want to be to play my best tennis.’ Venus was obviously disappointed, but with 14 years of experience behind her, she adjusts and moves on.

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