Kanepi defeats Peng in Brussels final

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The final of the Brussels Open was played on the same afternoon as the semi finals had been completed, because of rain disruptions throughout almost every day of this tournament. 8th seeded Shuai Peng of China took on 40th ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia after the doubles final finished. In a disappointing match, the scratch team of Shahar Peer of Israel and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada, who defeated the 1st and 3rd seeds on their way to the final, went down to the experienced duo of veteran Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany, the 2nd seeds, 6-0 6-3.

Kanepi, on her way back up the rankings ladder after being off the tour for some time with an injury, has been playing well in her last few tournaments and in the first set she got the breaks to lead 5-2 with her serve to come. She made no mistake in closing out the set at 6-2. She managed to get an early break in the second set to lead 2-1 but then Peng started to find her range and games went with serve until Kanepi broke again to lead 5-2 with, as in the first set, her serve to come. This set, however, was different, as Peng managed to break back and level at 5-5, despite Kanepi’s six aces to this point in the match. That was Peng’s last shout, as Kanepi took the last two games to seal the set at 7-5 and win the title.

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