Peng and Kanepi book Brussels final spot

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After losing more than two day’s play in total due to heavy rain, the organisers of the Brussels Open have been playing catch up for most of the week and had to redo the schedule so that many players landed up playing two matches a day. Play on Wednesday, when the seeds made their appearances, started with the top seed, Caroline Wozniacki (who had a bye in the first round), losing 6-4 6-2 to Jie Zheng of China, ranked at 51. Later in the day, 3rd seed Dominika Cibulkova was also beaten in straight sets 6-4 7-6 (8-6) by Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. Two of the host country’s players were also beaten. Yanina Wickmayer lost to America’s Jamie Hampton and the wild card, Alison Van Uytvanck. 5th seed Kirsten Flipkens won in three in the first round, but lost in the second in three sets.

Three of the semi finalists were unseeded, with the exception of number 8, Shuai Peng. In the quarters Jamie Hampton defeated 2nd seed Roberta Vinci in three, Kanepi took out 7th seed Vavara Lepchenko in three very tough set and Romina Oprandi also won in three. In the first semi between Peng and Oprandi, the Chinese took the first set 6-4 but dropped the second 2-6 before closing out the decider 6-4 in a match that took two hours and twenty three minutes to complete.

Kaia Kanepi took on Jamie Hampton and fought hard for almost an hour to take the first set on a breaker 8-6 and then got the break in the second set to wrap it up 6-4 with a total time on court of just one hour and thirty four minutes. The final is to be played later in the afternoon.

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