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KAIA KANEPI

Estonia

Road to Singapore

16th

SINGLES

D.O.B.
Jun 10
1985
Height
5' 11"
1.81 m
Weight
163 lbs.
74 kg
Plays
Right-handed
two-handed backhand
Status
Pro
2000
Personal
Fitness coach is Kristijan Pruus ... Father, Jaak, works in real estate; mother, Anne, is a homemaker; has two older sisters, Karin and Kadri ... Started playing tennis at age 8 with parents and sisters ... Favorite surface is clay ... Enjoys books, movies (favorite movie character is Captain Jack Sparrow), music (likes all kinds of music from Tiesto to Ludovico Einandi), driving fast cars and taking care of her dog (has a Manchester Terrier called Bossu) ... One of her sponsors is a leading provider of high quality mini-cruise and passenger services in Baltic Sea region; in 2008 became godmother of a vessel named Superstar and was flown to Italy to bless it ... Favorite event outside the Grand Slams is Acapulco ... Holds many firsts for Estonia: first Estonian to reach a WTA final (2006 Hasselt), to reach a Grand Slam QF (2008 French Open), to crack Top 20 (February 2009), to win a WTA title (2010 Palermo) and to beat a No.1 (Wozniacki in 2011) ... Tennis idol growing up was Martina Hingis.
Career Highlights
SINGLES
Winner (4): 2013 - Brussels; 2012 - Brisbane, Oeiras; 2010 - Palermo.
Finalist (4): 2012 - Seoul; 2011 - Moscow; 2008 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 2006 - Hasselt.

DOUBLES
Finalist (1): 2012 - Copenhagen (w/Arvidsson).

ADDITIONAL
Estonian Fed Cup Team, 2000-2004, 2006, 2008-2011, 2014-15; Estonian Olympic Team, 2004, 2008.
Career Review
2015 - QF at Brisbane; reached 3r once and 2r four times (incl. US Open); fell 1r six times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying three times.

2014 - Near-Top 50 season (finishing No.52); QF four times at Brisbane, Acapulco, Bastad and Seoul; reached 4r once (US Open), 3r once and 2r six times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r seven times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying once; won one singles title on ITF Circuit; withdrew from Paris [Indoors] and Luxembourg w/low back injury and from Rome w/right Achilles injury.

2013 - Another Top 30 season; won one WTA title at Brussels (d. Peng in final); SF at Oeiras (l. to Su rez Navarro); QF twice at Madrid and Wimbledon (fifth Grand Slam QF; l. to Lisicki); reached 3r once (US Open) and 2r four times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r twice; missed first three months w/right Achilles injury (withdrew from Australian Open, Paris [Indoors], Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston) then all events between Wimbledon and US Open w/low back injury (withdrew from Budapest, Bastad, Washington DC, Toronto and Cincinnati).

2012 - First Top 20 season (finishing No.19); won two WTA titles at Brisbane (d. Hantuchova in final) and Estoril (d. Su rez Navarro in final); runner-up at Seoul (l. to Wozniacki in final); SF at Brussels (l. to A.Radwanska); QF twice at Copenhagen and Roland Garros (fourth Grand Slam QF; l. to Sharapova); reached 2r four times (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r once; set career-high No.15 on August 20; struggled with injuries throughout season, first right shoulder injury (withdrew from Paris [Indoors], Doha and Dubai) then bilateral Achilles injury (withdrew from Rome, Birmingham, Eastbourne, Wimbledon, Palermo, Bastad, Olympics, Montr‚al, Cincinnati, New Haven and US Open) and finally right heel injury (withdrew from Beijing, Moscow and Sofia).

2011 - Near-Top 30 season (finishing No.34); runner-up at Moscow (l. to Cibulkova in final); SF at Paris [Indoors] (l. to Clijsters); QF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; reached 3r four times (incl. Roland Garros) and 2r four times (incl. Australian Open and US Open); fell 1r six times (incl. Wimbledon); struggled w/Achilles injury throughout season, withdrawing from Stuttgart and four events in summer (Bastad, Palermo, Cincinnati and Dallas).

2010 - Second Top 30 season; went 9-9 to start, best result being QF at Memphis (l. to Kvitova 16 63 76(0); held mp at 5-4 third set) and 2r four times (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r three times; was outside of Top 100 by April but went 41-10 rest of year and finished No.22 on November 8 year-end rankings, best results being first WTA title at Palermo (d. Pennetta in final - was first Estonian to win a WTA title) and four QFs at Birmingham, Wimbledon (second Grand Slam QF; l. to Kvitova 46 76(8) 86; held 5mp - 3mp in second set tie-break at 6-5, 7-6 and 8-7, then 2mp at 6-5 third set), US Open (third Grand Slam QF; l. to Zvonareva) and Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; also reached 3r once and 2r twice (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r three times; won two singles titles on ITF Circuit.

2009 - Another Top 100 season; went 15-10 in first 10 events, reaching one SF at Dubai (l. to Razzano), two QFs at Marbella and Rome, 3r three times (incl. Australian Open), 2r twice and falling 1r twice; made Top 20 debut on February 23 (after Dubai; rose from No.24 to No.20); had 11 straight losses to finish year, starting at Madrid (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open); finished at No.61 on November 9 year-end rankings.

2008 - First Top 30 season; runner-up at Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. to Wozniacki in final); SF twice at Acapulco (l. to Pennetta) and Seoul (l. to Kirilenko); QF four times at Sydney, Vi¤a del Mar, Roland Garros (first Grand Slam QF; l. to Kuznetsova) and Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; reached 4r once, 3r once (Olympics) and 2r five times (incl. US Open); fell 1r seven times (incl. other two majors); withdrew from Stockholm w/recovery from appendix operation.

2007 - Another Top 100 season; SF at Bad Gastein (l. to Schiavone); QF at Barcelona; reached 3r once and 2r six times (incl. Australian Open and Wimbledon); fell 1r eight times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying five times; made Top 50 debut on April 2 (rose from No.56 to No.50); won one doubles title on ITF Circuit; dipped to No.75 by year's end after withdrawing from Beijing, Guangzhou and Tokyo [Japan Open] w/shoulder injury.

2006 - First Top 100 season; runner-up at Hasselt (l. to Clijsters); SF at Prague (l. to Peer); reached 3r once (US Open) and 2r five times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r eight times (incl. Wimbledon) and in qualifying five times (incl. Australian Open).

2005 - SF at Kolkata (l. to Myskina); fell 1r once and in qualifying once (US Open); won one singles title on ITF Circuit; made Top 100 debut on December 19 (rose from No.117 to No.98).

2004 - Fell 1r once (Olympics) and in qualifying four times (incl. Australian Open and Roland Garros); won one singles title on ITF Circuit; suffered knee injury after Olympics and did not play again until February 2005.

2003 - Fell in WTA qualifying twice (incl. US Open); won two singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2002 - Reached 2r twice; fell 1r once and in qualifying six times (incl. Australian Open, US Open).

2001 - Defended ITF/Tallinn-EST singles title; played first WTA main draw at Vienna, falling 1r (as qualifier).

2000 - In only event of season, won ITF/Tallinn-EST singles title.

1999 - Played first event of career at ITF/Tallinn-EST.
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