Kanepi Wins, National Basketball Team Loses by Three Points
Kaia Kanepi showed fighting spirit in the second round of the US Open tonight, battling back in the first set and cruising through the second against Anna Schmiedlová of Slovakia, 6-4, 6-1.
Kanepi came back from 0-2 and 1-3 down to three-all, then four-all, before a service break to win the first set.
The second set was a breeze for Estonia's top tennis player, as she again broke serve and went up 3-0 in short order.
After beating two opponents in the second hundred of the world rankings, Kanepi (WTA 27) will next face German Angelique Kerber, ranked number nine in the world.
Kerber is not a new challenge for the Estonian. The pair met in the second round of Wimbledon two month ago when Kerber was only two points away from winning, before Kanepi came from behind to win, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3.
The third round will take place either on Thursday or Friday.
The national basketball team lost the first match of two against Bulgaria 58-55, and will now have to beat them in Tallinn on Sunday by at least four points to qualify for the 2015 European Championships.
The visitors won the first half by 35:31, but Bulgaria fought back, going ahead by nine points at the end of the third quarter.
The second game will also be webcast here on ERR News on Sunday at 20:00 local time.
Estonia has already defeated the Netherlands and Portugal in the first qualifying round.
On Sunday, Estonia beat Belarus by 18 points in Tallinn, easily wiping out the seven-point deficit suffered in Belarus a few days earlier, to book a place in the final against Bulgaria.