Kaia Kanepi (WTA 94th), who recently played a great series of games, celebrated her 13th straight win on Wednesday morning, beating Russian Darya Kasatkina (WTA 71st) in straight sets at a WTA 500 tournament in Melbourne, Australia .
After Kanepi had defeated the seventh-placed Arina Sabalenka of the world on Tuesday, he met Kasatkina and scored a 2-0 victory (7: 5, 6: 1) in one hour and 17 minutes. The opening movement lasted 53 minutes.
Kanepi saved three breaks in two of her service games in the opening set and was able to take a break during one of Kasatkina’s serves. Kanepi took the lead 3-0 and 5-2 but then dropped three games in a row to end the game 5-5. Kanepi prevailed 7-5 in the next two games.
The mighty Estonian then accelerated the pace in the second set, rattling off five games in a row to start the set. Kasatkina then took one game back, but Kanepi eventually ended the set with a dominant 6-1 win.
Kanepi’s serves were much better than in their two previous games. Her percentage for the first serve was 55 percent, her second serve on Wednesday was 94 percent. Kanepi also played two aces and made double faults as well. Kasatkina played three aces and two double faults.
Kanepi will next meet Karolina Muchova (27th WTA) from the Czech Republic, who defeated 97-year-old Italian Jasmin Paolini in three sets in the third round. Kanepi and Muchova have never surrendered before.
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