In-Form Kanepi Into Bastad Quarterfinals

Kaia Kanepi continued her fine recent form with a quick-fire win over Richel Hogenkamp in the second round of the Collector Swedish Open.

Published July 17, 2014 12:14

In-Form Kanepi Into Bastad Quarterfinals
A semifinalist in Brussels last year, Kaia Kanepi went all the way to the title in 2013.

BASTAD, Sweden - Kaia Kanepi continued her fine recent form with a quick-fire win over Richel Hogenkamp in the second round of the Collector Swedish Open.

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The weeks following Wimbledon are traditionally a time spent either resting or easing into the upcoming North American hardcourt season. Kanepi, however, has used this lull in the tennis calendar to get some matches under her belt, reaching back-to-back finals on the ITF Circuit.

Having needed three sets to defeat home favorite Johanna Larsson in the opening round, Kanepi wasted little time in seeing off qualifier Hogenkamp, 6-3, 6-1, in exactly an hour.

Kanepi struggled on serve initially, throwing in four double faults, and handing over three breaks, on her way to the opening set.

She rammed home this advantage at the start of the second, finally settling into a groove on her serve and rattling off four straight games as she cantered across the finish line.

"I was fresher today than in my first round, because I had a day off yesterday, and I thought I played pretty well," Kanepi said. "I had a few problems with my service rhythm in the first set, but when that started working I played much better."

A succession of upsets has left Kanepi, the World No.54, as the highest-ranked player left in the draw and she is quietly confident about her chances of going all the way.

"There have been a lot of surprising results and that opens the draw for everybody," she added. "If I play well I think I have a good chance against most girls, whether they are seeded or not."

Kanepi's quarterfinal opponent will be Mona Barthel, after she came from a break down in the final set to defeat Gabriela Dabrowski, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

"It was a big fight and I'm really happy to win such a close match," Barthel said. "She was up in the last set and I really had to stay focused, believe in myself and I managed to come up with some good shots."

Also taken the distance was Sílvia Soler-Espinosa, who defeated Julia Goerges, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, to set up a meeting with Alexandra Panova.

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