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Brisbane Gallery: Kaia Brings It In Brisbane

It was a fierce final few days at the Brisbane International, but Kaia Kanepi rose to the occasion.

Published January 08, 2012 12:00

Francesca Schiavone had the most dramatic win of the week, saving match points to beat Jelena Jankovic.
Francesca Schiavone had the most dramatic win of the week, saving match points to beat Jelena Jankovic.
Iveta Benesova couldn't match Francesca Schiavone's effort as she faced Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals.
Iveta Benesova couldn't match Francesca Schiavone's effort as she faced Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals.
Kim Clijsters looked in top form in a 63 62 win over Iveta Benesova, conqueror of No.1 seed Sam Stosur.
Kim Clijsters looked in top form in a 63 62 win over Iveta Benesova, conqueror of No.1 seed Sam Stosur.
Kim Clijsters is a popular figure in Australia, often called Aussie Kim. She won the Aussie Open in 2011.
Kim Clijsters is a popular figure in Australia, often called Aussie Kim. She won the Aussie Open in 2011.
Kaia Kanepi met the press. The Estonian took out three seeds en route to her second straight Premier final.
Kaia Kanepi met the press. The Estonian took out three seeds en route to her second straight Premier final.
American duo Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones won three straight match tie-breaks to make the finals too.
American duo Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones won three straight match tie-breaks to make the finals too.
Kim Clijsters won the first set but trailed in the second before retiring in the semis with a hip injury.
Kim Clijsters won the first set but trailed in the second before retiring in the semis with a hip injury.
Estonian fans made themselves known as their compatriot Kaia Kanepi faced Daniela Hantuchova in the final.
Estonian fans made themselves known as their compatriot Kaia Kanepi faced Daniela Hantuchova in the final.
Daniela Hantuchova was playing her 13th career final on the WTA, and was 3-0 head-to-head against Kaia Kanepi.
Daniela Hantuchova was playing her 13th career final on the WTA, and was 3-0 head-to-head against Kaia Kanepi.
Kaia Kanepi was in top form for the final though, winning nine straight games at one point to lead 62 40.
Kaia Kanepi was in top form for the final though, winning nine straight games at one point to lead 62 40.
Kaia Kanepi closed out Daniela Hantuchova, 62 61, her first win in four career meetings with the Slovak.
Kaia Kanepi closed out Daniela Hantuchova, 62 61, her first win in four career meetings with the Slovak.
Nuria Llagostera Vives and Arantxa Parra Santonja also won their first Premier title together later at night.
Nuria Llagostera Vives and Arantxa Parra Santonja also won their first Premier title together later at night.
Kaia Kanepi with the trophy and her coach, Silver Karjus.
Kaia Kanepi with the trophy and her coach, Silver Karjus.
Kaia Kanepi with her second and biggest WTA trophy. Her first trophy came at the International-level Palermo.
Kaia Kanepi with her second and biggest WTA trophy. Her first trophy came at the International-level Palermo.
Kaia Kanepi posed with her trophy at Kangaroo Point Cliffs. She rises from No.34 to No.26 on the new rankings.
Kaia Kanepi posed with her trophy at Kangaroo Point Cliffs. She rises from No.34 to No.26 on the new rankings.
  • Francesca Schiavone had the most dramatic win of the week, saving match points to beat Jelena Jankovic.
  • Iveta Benesova couldn't match Francesca Schiavone's effort as she faced Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals.
  • Kim Clijsters looked in top form in a 63 62 win over Iveta Benesova, conqueror of No.1 seed Sam Stosur.
  • Kim Clijsters is a popular figure in Australia, often called Aussie Kim. She won the Aussie Open in 2011.
  • Kaia Kanepi met the press. The Estonian took out three seeds en route to her second straight Premier final.
  • American duo Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones won three straight match tie-breaks to make the finals too.
  • Kim Clijsters won the first set but trailed in the second before retiring in the semis with a hip injury.
  • Estonian fans made themselves known as their compatriot Kaia Kanepi faced Daniela Hantuchova in the final.
  • Daniela Hantuchova was playing her 13th career final on the WTA, and was 3-0 head-to-head against Kaia Kanepi.
  • Kaia Kanepi was in top form for the final though, winning nine straight games at one point to lead 62 40.
  • Kaia Kanepi closed out Daniela Hantuchova, 62 61, her first win in four career meetings with the Slovak.
  • Nuria Llagostera Vives and Arantxa Parra Santonja also won their first Premier title together later at night.
  • Kaia Kanepi with the trophy and her coach, Silver Karjus.
  • Kaia Kanepi with her second and biggest WTA trophy. Her first trophy came at the International-level Palermo.
  • Kaia Kanepi posed with her trophy at Kangaroo Point Cliffs. She rises from No.34 to No.26 on the new rankings.
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