Kaia Kanepi survived one immense choking session and one regular-size choking session to beat Caroline Wozniacki in the third round of Roland Garros 6-1 6-7(3) 6-3 on the fifth match point.
Let’s first mention the timing of the match points, it will explain quite a lot about the match. The first two Kanepi had when leading 6-1 5-2, the third one came like an hour later, at 5-1 in the third set, and Kanepi double faulted to continue the agony! At 5-3 in the third set she earned the fourth one, which Wozniacki saved with a nice winner, and in that same game Kanepi finally converted a match point, her fifth one. Kanepi was serving for the match five times during the encounter!
Here’s how it all began. Kanepi raced to a 6-1 5-1 lead in the match. Wozniacki then won a perfect game on her serve, but I thought that would be just a short defense of pride as Kanepi was serving for the match in the following game. However, the outcome turned out to be quite
different. Leading 6-1 5-2 30-0, Kanepi missed a sure point on the net and her choking session began, which turned into a huge choking session.
The Estonian 23rd seed wasted two match points in that game and since saving the second match point Wozniacki won 14 straight points until leading 5-5 40-0 in the second set. In that game Kanepi broke Wozniacki, though, and again served for the match, but Wozniacki again recovered, forced the tiebreak and won it 7-3.
In the third set, believe it or not, Kanepi again went ahead 5-1 and yet again she couldn’t serve it out and that’s when the second choking session took place. Finally, at 5-3 Kanepi finished the job and took out the ninth seed.
Kanepi’s opponent in the fourth round will be Arantxa Rus, who upset seed No.25 Julia Goerges 7-6(5) 2-6 6-2. (photos: Stephane Martinache, sr_cranks)