Kaia Kanepi through to US Open second round

Kaia Kanepi in action last year.
Kaia Kanepi in action last year. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

Tennis star Kaia Kanepi won her first round US Open clash with off-form Czech player Katerina Siniakova in straight sets, 6:1, 6:2.

The US Open has traditionally been a tournament where Kanepi, placed 100th in the WTA current rankings, has done well, and this year's opening round was no exception as she broke her opponent's serve three times in the first set, wrapping things up in 27 minutes.

The second set was more of the same, as Siniakova, ranked 43 places ahead of Kanepi at 57th, but who has only won one professional game this year so far, won only a third of her first serves, crashing out after another approximately 40 minutes of play.

Kanepi, 35, from Haapsalu, is to face the winner of Ons Jabeur of Tunisia (WTA 39th) or Katarzyna Kawa (Poland, 125th).

This year's US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is being played without spectators for the first time in its history, as a result of coronavirus restrictions.


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