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Kanepi beats Peng in Brussels Open final - video

Steven Webb in Videos 26 May 2013

Kaia Kanepi won two matches on Saturday to take the Brussels Open title and seal the perfect build-up to the French Open.


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Heavy rain had washed out the tournament throughout the week, and unusually cold temperatures had made conditions even more challenging. Both Kanepi and her final opponent, Peng Shuai, had to play their semi-finals early on Saturday.

Kanepi beat rising American star Jamie Hampton 7-6, 6-3, while Peng edged Romina Oprandi in a tough three-setter, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. 

In the showpiece match, Kanepi was the stronger player early on, and took the first set comfortably 6-2. Peng appeared to be suffering physically, but she mounted a comeback from 5-2 down in the second set to ensure a close finish to the match.

However, Kanepi, ranked 40th in the world and on the comeback trail following a severe achilles injury, overcame the loss of concentration to break again and close out for a 6-2, 7-5 victory.

"This makes me feel very happy after such a hard half year when I was out injured," said the Estonian after the match. "I started playing again on clay, which I really like, and I've been getting my confidence back week after week."

In the first round of the French Open, Kanepi will take on 23rd seed Klara Zakopalova. 



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Kanepi beats Peng in Brussels Open final - video

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