In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament, the Estonian general Kaia Kanepi there is a better second seed Aryna Sabalenka in three sets of 5-7.6-2.7-6 (10-7) to reach her first Australian Open quarter-final. Now she has made it to the final 8 of every major.
Sabalenka looked shaky at first. Once again, her serve fell short of benchmark as she struggled to get down to the ‘T’. Kanepi took advantage of that and looked very promising in the opening match. She even took the lead early but Sabalenka kept her cool to come back. She missed serve late and won the opening set 7-5 for the first time in this tournament.
But a string of non-compulsory and double errors from purchased Sabalenka Kanepi back to the game. She broke serve against Sabalenka to take the lead and played exceptionally well on her serve. She broke Sabalenka again and sealed the score 6-2 to force the decisive goal.
Kanepi built momentum in the third set and overcame the second seed. The Belarussian started serving better after that but are struggling to win back halftime. Kanepi served the match and had three points in the match 5-4, 40-0 but couldn’t hold out to cross the finish line. Sabalenka needed two break points to get back into the game because it took a decisive 10-point inning to settle things.
Kanepi regrouped himself and led a short break and capitalized on it once the change was over. An irresistible string of errors from a frustrated Sabalenka once again cost her as she lost serve again. At match point 5, Kanepi finally finished everything to win the match.
‘I thought I was going to lose the match’: Kanepi
During the court interview, Kanepi expressed his excitement and thanked the limited crowd. She then revealed that after losing three match points, she really thought she was going to lose the match.
“Thank you for your support, it was great and helped a lot. Of course she played unbelievable. It was a very difficult game – actually I thought I was going to lose after the serve points I got and it was really hard to come back. I don’t know how to win, but I won and that’s the important thing,” she speaks.
Kanepi has reached the quarter-finals of every expected showdown at the Australian Open. She then said that she never thought she would reach the final 8 Down Under at the age of 36.
“The Australian Open was the only Grand Slam quarter-final to be missed and at my age I really didn’t believe I would make it. So yeah, I’m really happy! ” she concluded.
Estinian tennis player will now win the French Open 2020 Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
https://firstsportz.com/tennis-at-my-age-i-didnt-believe-that-i-will-reach-the-quarterfinals-36-year-old-kaia-kanepi-stuns-aryna-sabalenka-in-the-fourth-round-of-the-2022-australian-open/ “At my age, I didn’t believe I would make it to the Quarterfinals!” 36-year-old Kaia Kanepi ponders Aryna Sabalenka in the 4th round of the Australian Open 2022