Kanepi excels in Estoril
Estonian recovers to claim second title of year
Last Updated: 05/05/12 6:00pm
Kaia Kanepi: Defeated Carla Suarez Navarro to claim Estoril Open
Kaia Kanepi saved two match points en route to her second WTA tour title of the year at the Estoril Open in Portugal.
The sixth-seeded Estonian trailed 6-4 in the second set tie-break - and by one set to love, before hitting back to defeat world number 58 Carla Suarez Navarro 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
Her 23-year-old Spanish opponent was hoping to claim her maiden tour crown and after leading 5-2 in the tie-break, she looked a firm favourite to land the title before Kanepi recovered to clinch the set by winning four straight points.
The tense match yielded 13 breaks of serve, while Kanepi made eight double faults, with Kanepi sealing her third career tournament victory after two hours and 37 minutes of gruelling clay court action, dropping to her knees after converting match point.
Kanepi, a former French Open junior champion, lifted the title four months after winning Brisbane in early January and becoming only the third woman to win the clay event after saving match points.
"I fought for every point," said the 34th-ranked winner. "This is a very special trophy for me. I don't have a coach right now - this is something that I did all on my own."