Kanepi gets Brisbane glory


Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi produced a stunning display of attacking tennis to blitz Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova and win the Brisbane International on Saturday.
Kanepi, ranked 34th, was in irresistible form as she destroyed her opponent, ranked ten places above her, 6-2, 6-1 in 74 minutes in the Pat Rafter Arena. The 26-year-old Kanepi overpowered Hantuchova with the ferocity of her groundstrokes, her backhand particularly damaging throughout. And while her serve was not as effective as in previous rounds, she still did not face a single break point during the final. Kanepi broke Hantuchova twice in the first set as her fierce returns placed enormous pressure on the Slovakian, and when she raced away to a 4-0 lead in the second the final was as good as over.