143 Facts About Kaia Kanepi

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Kaia Kanepi achieved her career-high ranking of world No 15 on 20 August 2012 and has won four singles titles on the WTA Tour.

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Kaia Kanepi has reached seven Grand Slam quarterfinals in all four championships, becoming the first Estonian to achieve this and was the first Estonian to be ranked inside the world's top 15.

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Kaia Kanepi reached her first final in 2006, becoming the first Estonian female player to do so, at the Gaz de France Stars where she lost to Kim Clijsters.

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Kaia Kanepi then won her first singles title in Palermo in 2010, becoming the first Estonian female player to win a title.

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Kaia Kanepi's family has always supported her desire to play professional tennis.

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Kaia Kanepi reached world number one in the International Tennis Federation junior rankings before turning professional in 2000.

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Kaia Kanepi represented Estonia in both the women's singles and women's doubles, partnering Maret Ani, at the 2004 Summer Olympics, losing in the first round of both events.

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Kaia Kanepi came through three qualification rounds and beat Anne Kremer, Nathalie Dechy, Eleni Daniilidou, Francesca Schiavone, and Michaella Krajicek to eventually play the final against Kim Clijsters, to whom she lost in three sets.

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At the 2007 Australian Open, Kaia Kanepi struggled, but defeated 28th-seeded Flavia Pennetta before losing to Alicia Molik in the second round.

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At the French Open, Kaia Kanepi defeated sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze in the second round.

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Kaia Kanepi then defeated 29th-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues for a place in the fourth round.

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Nonetheless, Kaia Kanepi made history by becoming the first Estonian female tennis player to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal.

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Kaia Kanepi was granted direct entry at Wimbledon, where she lost in the first round to sixth seed Serena Williams.

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At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Kaia Kanepi reached the third round, defeating Flavia Pennetta and Virginie Razzano, before losing to Li Na.

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Kaia Kanepi then reached the semifinals of the Korea Open in Seoul where she was beaten by the eventual champion and first seed, Maria Kirilenko.

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Kaia Kanepi then made only her second final at the WTA level at the Tier III Japan Open in Tokyo.

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Kaia Kanepi was named the 2008 Best Female Athlete of Estonia by the Association of Estonian Sports Journalists.

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Kaia Kanepi reached her career-best third round at the Australian Open, but lost miserably to then world No 3, Dinara Safina, in straight sets.

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Kaia Kanepi had an epic match with Kimiko Date, former world No 4, in the first round.

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Kaia Kanepi was paired with Maret Ani, and the Estonian team beat Bulgaria, Croatia, and Belarus.

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Kaia Kanepi set a new personal 196 kilometres per hour serve record in the tournament, among the fastest ever served by a woman.

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Kaia Kanepi continued her season at the Open GdF Suez, a Premier tournament, but lost in the second round to Emilie Loit.

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Kaia Kanepi was the highest-seeded player Kanepi had by that time defeated.

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Kaia Kanepi then beat Elena Vesnina in the quarterfinals, in straight sets.

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Kaia Kanepi was denied a place in the finals by Virginie Razzano.

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Kaia Kanepi defeated Patty Schnyder in the third round, but lost to Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals.

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Kaia Kanepi was then scheduled to play at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham as the second seed.

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Kaia Kanepi was seeded 25th at the Wimbledon Championships, but lost to Carla Suarez Navarro in the first round.

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Kaia Kanepi fell in the first round of the US Open to qualifier Chang Kai-chen in three sets.

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Kaia Kanepi reached the second round at the ASB Classic, defeating world No 15, Li Na, in straight sets, before losing to Maria Kirilenko in the second round.

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Kaia Kanepi fell in the first round of the Hobart International to seventh seed Zheng Jie in a tight three-setter.

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Kaia Kanepi was seeded fifth at the Cellular South Cup in Memphis.

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Kaia Kanepi was in the same half of the draw as Maria Sharapova.

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Kaia Kanepi defeated Arantxa Rus in the first round, and former world No 7, Nicole Vaidisova, in the second round.

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Kaia Kanepi fell in three sets to fifth seed Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals.

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Kaia Kanepi reached the second round in Acapulco, but lost to top seed and defending champion Venus Williams.

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Kaia Kanepi fell in the second round of the Monterrey Open to second seed Daniela Hantuchova in straight sets.

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Kaia Kanepi's ranking fell out of the top 100 following these tournaments.

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Kaia Kanepi then represented Estonia in the 2010 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs against Belgium.

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Kaia Kanepi pushed world No 4, Jelena Jankovic, to three sets before losing in round two.

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Kaia Kanepi then defeated Edina Gallovits in the second round, and world No 31 Alexandra Dulgheru in round three.

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Kaia Kanepi then reached her second Grand Slam quarterfinal, when she defeated Klara Zakopalova in the fourth round.

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Kaia Kanepi fell in the first round to fifth seed Arantxa Parra Santonja.

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Kaia Kanepi then entered the Toray Pan Pacific Open and defeated Melanie Oudin in the first round.

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Kaia Kanepi's run was ended in the quarterfinals by French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, who beat Kanepi in three sets.

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Kaia Kanepi defeated 16th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round but lost to Kvitova in the second round.

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Kaia Kanepi started her season with a loss to Bojana Jovanovski, in the first round of the Medibank International Sydney.

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Kaia Kanepi had a bye in the first round, and in the second round defeated Gisela Dulko.

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Kaia Kanepi lost her opening matches at the Madrid Open and Internazionali d'Italia to Julia Gorges and Romina Oprandi respectively.

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Kaia Kanepi lost all her opening round matches at Birmingham to qualifier Arina Rodionova after having a first round bye, at Eastbourne to fourth seed Francesca Schiavone and at Wimbledon to Sara Errani.

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Kaia Kanepi lost in the second round at the US Open to qualifier Silvia Soler Espinosa.

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At the Toray Pan Pacific Open, Kaia Kanepi beat world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the third round to reach the quarterfinals, where she lost to Agnieszka Radwanska.

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Kaia Kanepi reached the final at the Moscow, losing to Dominika Cibulkova in three sets.

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Kaia Kanepi reached the semifinals of an ITF event in Helsinki.

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Kaia Kanepi began season at the Brisbane International where she advanced to the final defeating qualifier Alexandra Panova, seventh seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, second seed Andrea Petkovic, and third seed Francesca Schiavone.

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Kaia Kanepi then passed a chance to represent her nation in Fed Cup, wanting to dedicate herself to singles tournaments, but her hopes were cut short when she had to pull out of the Open GdF Suez tournament in Paris due to a sore shoulder.

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At the French Open, Kaia Kanepi entered as the 23rd seed and played a very good tournament given her ranking, defeating Alexandra Panova, Irina-Camelia Begu, ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki, and Aranxta Rus.

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Kaia Kanepi was defeated in her quarterfinal match by second seed and eventual champion, Maria Sharapova.

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Bilateral achilles' heel injury caused Kaia Kanepi to withdraw from the Aegon Classic, Aegon International, Wimbledon Championships, and eventually from the Summer Olympics in London.

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Kaia Kanepi's continuing Achilles tendon bilateral injury caused Kanepi to withdraw from the Australian Open, Open GDF Suez, BNP Paribas Open, Sony Open Tennis, and the Family Circle Cup.

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Kaia Kanepi failed to defend her title at the Portugal Open; she lost in the semifinal to fourth seed Carla Suarez Navarro.

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At the Madrid Open, Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the quarterfinal by second seed and eventual finalist Maria Sharapova.

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Kaia Kanepi won her fourth WTA title at the Brussels Open beating eighth seed Peng Shuai in the final.

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Kaia Kanepi played one grass-court tournament before Wimbledon which was the Topshelf Open.

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Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the first round by top seed Roberta Vinci.

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Kaia Kanepi lost her quarterfinal match to 23rd seed and eventual finalist, Sabine Lisicki.

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Kaia Kanepi played her final tournament of the season at the Soho Square Ladies Tournament.

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Kaia Kanepi reached the quarterfinals after wins over qualifier Alexandra Panova and eighth seed Carla Suarez Navarro.

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Kaia Kanepi lost her quarterfinal match to third seed Maria Sharapova.

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At the Apia International Sydney, Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the second round by fifth seed and eventual finalist, Angelique Kerber.

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Kaia Kanepi defeated Varvara Lepchenko in the first round at the Qatar Open but fell to seventh seed and eventual champion, Simona Halep, in the second round.

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At the Dubai Championships, Kaia Kanepi lost in the first round to qualifier Flavia Pennetta.

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Kaia Kanepi began her grass-court season at the Topshelf Open where she was defeated in the first round by Yvonne Meusburger.

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At the Swedish Open, Kaia Kanepi lost in her quarterfinal match to eventual champion Mona Barthel.

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Kaia Kanepi played one tournament before the US Open which was the Connecticut Open.

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Kaia Kanepi fell in the final round of qualifying to Silvia Soler Espinosa.

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At the US Open, Kaia Kanepi reached the fourth round after victories over Pauline Parmentier, 24th seed and 2011 champion Sam Stosur, and 15th seed Carla Suarez Navarro.

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Kaia Kanepi lost in the fourth round to top seed, two-time defending champion, and eventual champion Serena Williams.

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In Beijing at the China Open, Kaia Kanepi lost in the first round to fourth seed and eventual champion Maria Sharapova.

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Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the first round by Magdalena Rybarikova.

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Kaia Kanepi reached the quarterfinal where she lost to second seed and eventual finalist Ana Ivanovic.

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Kaia Kanepi then withdrew from her second-round match against Camila Giorgi due to a viral illness.

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Kaia Kanepi had her first win since Hobart by defeating Francoise Abanda in the first round.

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Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the second round by lucky loser Elizaveta Kulichkova.

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Kaia Kanepi started her clay-court season at the Morocco Open where she lost in the first round to qualifier Teliana Pereira.

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At the French Open, Kaia Kanepi lost in the first round to second seed, former world No 1 and defending champion, Maria Sharapova.

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At the Wimbledon Championships, Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the first round by qualifier Hsieh Su-wei.

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Kaia Kanepi played only one tournament during the US Open Series which was the Connecticut Open.

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Kaia Kanepi lost in the second round of qualifying to Magdalena Rybarikova.

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At the US Open, Kaia Kanepi won her first Grand Slam match of the year by beating Anna-Lena Friedsam in the first round.

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Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the second round by 17th seed Elina Svitolina.

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At the Kremlin Cup, Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Paula Kania.

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Kaia Kanepi played her final tournament of the year at a $25k tournament in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Kaia Kanepi won the tournament as the top seed beating qualifier Patty Schnyder in the final.

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Kaia Kanepi began season at the Brisbane International where she retired during her match in the second round of qualifying against Kateryna Bondarenko.

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At the French Open, Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the second round of qualifying by Veronica Cepede Royg.

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At the Internazionali di Brescia, Kaia Kanepi lost in the second round to fourth seed Maryna Zanevska.

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Kaia Kanepi won the tournament when her opponent, seventh seed Patty Schnyder, retired from their championship match.

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In London at the Wimbledon Championships, Kaia Kanepi lost in the second round of qualifying to Arina Rodionova.

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At the Bucharest Open, Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Arantxa Rus.

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Kaia Kanepi won a $15k tournament in Parnu, Estonia, defeating Polina Golubovskaya in the final.

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Unable to obtain a wildcard or protected ranking for the main draw, Kaia Kanepi received a protected ranking to play in the qualifying for the US Open.

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Kaia Kanepi recorded victories in her first three main-draw matches, defeating Francesca Schiavone, Yanina Wickmayer and Naomi Osaka, reaching the second week at a major since the 2014 US Open.

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Kaia Kanepi then defeated Daria Kasatkina to advance to her second US Open quarterfinal, her sixth Grand Slam quarterfinal overall, and her first quarterfinal at a major since Wimbledon 2013.

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Kaia Kanepi lost her quarterfinal match to 15th seed and eventual finalist, Madison Keys.

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Kaia Kanepi played her final tournament of the year at the Open de Limoges.

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Kaia Kanepi managed to finish the year ranked at 107, her best end-of-year ranking since 2014.

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Kaia Kanepi lost her quarterfinal match to second seed and defending champion Karolina Pliskova.

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Kaia Kanepi then defeated Monica Puig in the second round to advance to the third round of the Australian Open for the first time since 2009.

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Kaia Kanepi's run ended as she was defeated in the third round by Carla Suarez Navarro.

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Kaia Kanepi then retired during her first-round match at the Miami Open against Christina McHale.

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Kaia Kanepi began her clay-court season at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

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Kaia Kanepi lost in the final round of qualifying to Zarina Diyas.

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At the French Open, Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the first round by 14th seed Daria Kasatkina.

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Kaia Kanepi kicked off her grass-court season at the Ilkley Trophy.

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At the Eastbourne International, Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the second round by fifth seed Jelena Ostapenko.

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Kaia Kanepi then defeated qualifier Jil Teichmann and Rebecca Peterson to advance to the fourth round and was defeated by 17th seed Serena Williams.

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Kaia Kanepi played her first tournament of 2019 at the Australian Open.

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At the BNP Paribas Open, Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the second round by 15th seed Julia Gorges.

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Kaia Kanepi reached the third round beating Veronika Kudermetova and sixth seed Elise Mertens.

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Kaia Kanepi was defeated in her third-round match by eleventh seed Danielle Collins.

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At the Madrid Open, Kaia Kanepi lost in the final round of qualifying to Kristyna Pliskova.

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Kaia Kanepi was defeated in her fourth-round match by 31st seed Petra Martic.

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At the Wimbledon Championships, Kaia Kanepi lost in the second round to 13th seed Belinda Bencic.

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At the US Open, Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the second round by 23rd seed Donna Vekic.

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Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the second round by second seed Kiki Bertens.

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Kaia Kanepi lost in the first round of qualifying to Marie Bouzkova.

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Kaia Kanepi fell in her second-round match to 27th seed Ons Jabeur.

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Kaia Kanepi was beaten in the second round by 16th seed Elise Mertens.

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Kaia Kanepi started her season at the first edition of the Gippsland Trophy.

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Kaia Kanepi stunned fourth seed Aryna Sabalenka in the second round.

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Kaia Kanepi ended up reaching the final where she lost to seventh seed Elise Mertens.

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Kaia Kanepi was defeated in the third round by 28th seed Donna Vekic.

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Kaia Kanepi fell in the second round to eventual finalist, Leylah Fernandez.

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Kaia Kanepi started her 2022 season at the first edition of the Melbourne Summer Set 1.

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Kaia Kanepi beat Jaqueline Cristian in the first round in three sets.

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Kaia Kanepi fell in her quarterfinal match to seventh seed Iga Swiatek.

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Kaia Kanepi was eliminated from the tournament in the third round by qualifier Harriet Dart.

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Kaia Kanepi lost in the third round to eighth seed and World No 10, Ons Jabeur.

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At the US Open, Kaia Kanepi lost in the second round to Aryna Sabalenka in three sets.

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Kaia Kanepi's serve is considered to be one of the strongest on the WTA Tour.

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Kaia Kanepi generally serves away from her opponent but sometimes prefers to hit a powerful body first serve in order to push back and pin her opponent behind the baseline.

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Kaia Kanepi generally ends points early but she is capable of playing long rallies and reducing her unforced error count.

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