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Kaia Kanepi advances to City Open final, aiming for first win in nine years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kaia Kanepi is one win away from winning her first title in nine years with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Dahlia Saville at the City Open on Saturday.

The 37-year-old Kanepi from Estonia won his last of four WTA titles in 2013 in Brussels. But she’s seen her comeback this year, including reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, and attributes her continued form to smart scheduling.

“It’s actually been amazing to me. I never thought I’d be building lodgings in Australia. I didn’t think this was my place,” he said, reaching the quarterfinals in three other Grand Slam tournaments. Kanepi, who advanced, said. “But I played really well and continued to play well after that. In fact, I never put myself under pressure to achieve anything special.”

Kanepi’s 19-10 record this year is her most wins since 2013, and she ranks 37th. She also plans to play two hard-court tournaments before the US Open, which starts on August 29.

In the final, Kanepi will face world number 60 Liudmila Samsonova. Samsonova, 23, is chasing her WTA singles title for the second time. She won her 2017 hard court event in New Haven, Connecticut.

Saturday night’s men’s semifinals were set to see Wimbledon finalist Nick Krygios take on Michael Imer and top seed Andrei Rublev to take on Yoshihito Nishioka.

Kaia Kanepi advances to City Open final, aiming for first win in nine years

Source link Kaia Kanepi advances to City Open final, aiming for first win in nine years

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