Estonian veteran Kaia Kanepi has soared to end the dream of the Australian Open of local wildcard Madison Inglis in a ruthless way.
Inglis threatened one set to make Kanepi her latest scalp, but when she shook the match in her favor, the previous world No. 15 brutalized the young Australian’s second serve. I started to do it.
With Kanepi winning 2-6 6-2 6-0 in the heat of Melbourne, she made her 13th attempt to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time.
She also returns to the top 100. This is a status that can be earned even if Inglis is upset, and then faces the second seed, Arina Sabalenka.
“She played very well on the first set, and I thought it would be difficult to beat her today,” Kanepi later said.
“I put the ball back on the court and saw what happened.”
Due to Kanepi’s full use, Inglis scored only one of 17 second serve points in the last two sets. This includes all 7 drop serve.
The 24-year-old Wildcard started the week without winning a Grand Slam main draw match, but bid on Saturday to join the world’s No. 1 Ashberty in the last 16 years.
Since Nicole Bradke (formerly Provis) and Hana Mandlíkova in 1989, the two Australian women haven’t reached that far at the Australian Open.
Inglis still smiled and left Rod Laver Arena after the breakout tournament, which began with the victory over US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez.
She departed on a payday of $ 221,000, increasing her confidence that she belongs to the biggest stage, is right next to the Top 100 and guarantees entry to all Grand Slams.
The performance of Inglis’ opening set should also cheer her up.
She immediately defeated Kanepi, defeating the winner from each wing and taking a 1-0 lead, making a fierce start.
The threat of Kanepi overwhelming her never happened in the opening set, as Kanepi maintained an impressive stroke depth and was often an attacker.
However, the 36-year-old Estonian defeated Inglis’s serve all four times in the second set, responded savagely to level the match, and never forgave.
Australian Open 2022: Wildcard Madison Inglis’s surprising run lost to Kaia Kanepi in the third round.
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