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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.


Schiavone and Azarenka thru to the semifinals.

Francesca Schiavone, the No.5 seed, was the second player into the semifinals, outlasting Kaia Kanepi in a tight three-setter, 75 46 75. Schiavone missed a crosscourt backhand on her first match point at 5-4 but closed the match out two games later, finishing it on a big serve that drew a Kanepi return into the net. The marathon match lasted three hours and nine minutes.

Victoria Azarenka, seeded No.8, ended the run of American qualifier Coco Vandeweghe, winning five consecutive games from 1-2 in the first set and six straight from 0-1 in the second set for a 62 61 win. Azarenka has now gone one round better than in her debut appearance here last year, where she was a quarterfinalist. “I played her in an exhibition match in the summer, so I knew a little bit about her,” Azarenka said of Vandeweghe. “She has a big serve, plus she had won a lot of matches here, so I knew it would be tough. My game plan worked well today. She started very well in the beginning but I was able to focus and be aggressive and I’m really excited to be in my first semifinal here in Tokyo.” Vandeweghe, just 18 and ranked No.172, was playing her second career quarterfinal, having made it to the final eight at San Diego in the summer. She had upset No.14 seed Aravane Rezai en route to her match-up with Azarenka.


Don’t overlook Vera Zvonareva!

Seventh seed Vera Zvonareva beat Andrea Petkovic 6-1 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Zvonareva is one of only two women left in the draw who have yet to drop a set, along with Caroline Wozniacki, and was in great form from the start as she claimed the opener in 24 minutes.

The Russian continued to impress as she surged to a 5-0 lead in the second set and, despite some late spirit from Petkovic, she was able to seal a simple victory.

“I always believe in myself and I always believe if I can produce a good tennis, I can beat anyone,” Zvonereva told the US Open’s official website.

“I know that it’s not easy out there, even though it may look that the match today was easy. But it was not easy out there at all. I think I just was a little bit more experienced player tonight.”

Next up for Zvonereva is Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, who beat Yanina Wickmayer 0-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-1.


Kanepi uses her skills and the wind to blow Jankovic away.

Jelena Jankovic’s bid for a first Grand Slam title was blown off court by a combination of Kaia Kanepi and strong, blustery winds at the US Open.

Kanepi coped best with winds gusting up to 25mph in New York, the 31st seed from Estonia winning 6-2 7-6 (7/1) to book her place in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows.

The 25-year-old, who reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon this year, served for the match at 5-3 in the second set but lost her serve twice in the next three games to give fourth seed Jankovic the chance to force a decider.

However, Kanepi quickly regained her composure to break back and force a tie-break which she won for the loss of just one point.

Jankovic, who lost to Serena Williams in the US Open final in 2008, said: “The wind was really tough. I had a really hard time hitting the balls, they were going all over the place.

“The wind was really strong and she handled these kind of conditions a lot better than I did.

“You hit the ball one direction, it goes another. You’re just getting ready to hit the ball and it just moves away from you. It was really hard out there.

“But like I said, she handled the wind a lot better than I did. She was the better player today. Congrats to her.”


Rezai’s streak ends in Palermo quarters.

Italian Romina Oprandi kept giving her home crowd something to cheer about on Friday, stunning No.2 seed Aravane Rezai in the quarterfinals of the clay court stop in Palermo, 75 60.

In what was seemingly a mismatch pitting No.20 against No.90, Oprandi, a wildcard, was broken in the first game and was two points away from going down a double break serving at 0-2, 30-30. That was the turning point though, as the 24-year-old got right back into it, winning seven of the next 10 games to take the set then rolling past Rezai in a 23-minute love second set.

This will be Oprandi’s first career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour semifinal.

“I’m very happy because this is my first semifinal,” Oprandi said. “Today’s match wasn’t easy. This is my best win since I beat Zvonareva four years ago. I hope to continue this way. I feel very good about my tennis right now.”

Next up for Oprandi is another player who has been rebounding this year, Kaia Kanepi. Seeded No.5, Kanepi crushed No.3 seed Sara Errani, 62 62.

“I’ve made a lot of progress on clay and today I played some very good tennis,” Kanepi said. “Sara wasn’t easy to play against but I was always leading.”

Flavia Pennetta kept the hopes of an all-Italian final alive with a 64 62 win over Nuria Llagostera Vives in the feature night match. Pennetta, the No.1 seed, saved her first ace of the match for match point – meanwhile, Llagostera Vives, a qualifier but a former Top 40 player, had no aces to six double faults.

In the semifinals Pennetta will face No.8 seed Julia Goerges, who made it past American veteran Jill Craybas handily earlier in the day, 62 64.


Rezai has a routine round one win.

Second seed Aravane Rezai of France continued her good recent form with a 6-4 6-2 win over Lilia Osterloh.

Rezai beat some big names, including Justine Henin and Venus Williams, to win the Madrid Open and she was too good for her American opponent today.

Kaia Kanepi, a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon last week, came back to earth on Monday as she was dumped out of the Swedish Open at the first-round stage by fifth seed Arantxa Parra Santonja.

Despite being unseeded here, Kanepi is ranked 14 places above her opponent following her exploits last week, which were ended when she threw away five match points in losing to Petra Kvitova.

But she could not keep pace with the Spaniard, who claimed a 6-4 7-5 win.

Elsewhere, there were wins for Germany’s Tatjana Malek, who beat Anastasia Rodionova 5-7 6-3 6-1, Akgul Amanmuradova, Karolina Sprem and Renata Voracova.


Serena will face Kvitova in the semi final.

Serena Williams reached the semi-finals with a 7-5 6-3 win over Li Na.

The top seed saw her sister Venus crash out to Tsvetana Pironkova before she came out to face ninth seed Li.

Serena did not have things all her own way either, but Li played a poor service game to drop the first set.

The world number one was broken for the first time at 5-2 in the second set but broke again to seal a semi-final against Petra Kvitova. Kvitova won a bizarre match against qualifier Kaia Kinepi in 3 sets by coming from 4-1 down in the final set to win 6-4, 6-7, 8-6. She also saved 5 match points on her way to victory.

Serena is now the overwhelming favourite to take her fourth Wimbledon title after the demise of five-time champion Venus, who lost to Pironkova only shortly before her younger sister walked out on Centre Court for her quarter-final match.

It was perhaps not surprising that Serena was in rather subdued mood against Li.

The first set was closely fought until Li double-faulted twice in a gift of a game at 5-5, allowing Serena to serve it out after 45 minutes.

The American pumped her fist in a rare show of emotion as she broke for a second time at 2-2 in the second set, and when Li double-faulted again to give Serena a 5-2 lead, the Chinese player’s shoulders slumped.

Serena is certain to face a player making their debut at that stage of a major tournament, and she is by far the most experienced of the remaining players in the draw.

Only Vera Zvonareva, who faces Pironkova in the other semi-final, has ever beaten Serena and that was four years ago.


Stosur ousted by Kanepi….

Sam Stosur crashed out of Wimbledon at the first hurdle in a straight-sets defeat by Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi.

World number six Stosur, 26, a runner-up in the French Open final in May, went out 6-4 6-4 to a player ranked 74 places below her in the world.

It looked like Stosur might survive when she saved three match points to hold her serve at 5-3 in the second.

But Kanepi saved break points in the next before holding on for victory.

Stosur’s shock early loss follows the departure of the woman who beat in Paris last month, Francesca Schiavone – making this the first Championships in which both Roland Garros finalists have gone out in the first round.

Fifth-seeded Italian Schiavone remains the biggest casualty in the women’s draw so far after losing in three sets to Russian Vera Dushevina on Monday.

Seventh seed Agnieszka Radwanska eased into the second round with a straight-sets victory over Hungarian Melinda Czink.

World number nine Radwanska, who has lost at the quarter-final stage in the last two years, advanced 6-3 6-3.

Flavia Pennetta, seeded 10th, also enjoyed a straightforward passage against Anabel Medina Garrigues.

After battling to a 6-4 first-set victory, Pennetta totally overran the unseeded Spaniard 6-0 in the second.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2005 finalist, was forced to go the distance against Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amanmuradova.

The 19th-seeded Russian easily won the opener 6-2 but lost 5-7 in a second-set tie-break before avoiding a surprise exit by taking the decider 6-4.

Chinese 23rd seed Jie Zheng, meanwhile, overcame France’s Pauline Parmentier 7-5 6-4.


Jankovic squeezes past Kanepi to reach round 3.

Jelena Jankovic had to fight hard to see off the challenge of Kaia Kanepi to reach round three of the French Open.

The fourth seed, in good form of late, was pushed all the way by her Estonian opponent before winning 6-2 3-6 6-4.

It had not looked like it was going to be a hard day at the office for Jankovic when she raced into a 4-0 lead on Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros.

But Kanepi, a quarter-finalist in Paris two years ago, steeled herself and fought back in the second set, taking it courtesy of a break of serve in game eight.

Jankovic gained the first break in the decider, claiming Kanepi’s serve to love in th sixth game, only for her opponent to hit straight back.

But Jankovic was not to be denied and a further break of serve saw her keep her hopes of breaking her Grand Slam title duck very much alive.


#2 seed loses at the ABS Classic.

Second-seeded Li Na of China was a straight-set loser in the first round of the 2010 season-opening ASB Classic, an Australian Open tune-up.

Li was easily handled by Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-1, 6-3 in just 67 minutes on the hardcourts at ASB Tennis Centre.

Fourth-seeded Italian Francesca Schiavone had no problems with France’s Stephanie Cohen-Aloro with a 6-2, 6-3 win, while fifth-seeded Virginie Razzano of France dispatched Monica Niculescu of Romania 7-5, 6-4.

In the only other seeded match of the day, Elena Vesnina of Russia, the sixth seed, took down Italian Alberta Brianti 6-1, 6-4.

Other winners on the day were Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro, Sania Mirza of India, France’s Alize Cornet, Romania’s Ioana Raluca Olaru and Israel’s Shahar Peer.

Russian Maria Kirilenko bested German Tatjana Malek 6-2, 6-3 in the day’s final match.

Elena Dementieva handled Vesnina in last year’s all-Russian finale on the hardcourts at ASB Tennis Centre.

The 2010 Aussie Open will get underway in two weeks in Melbourne.

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