Due to injury, Kaia Kanepi is no longer in the top 100, but the former number 15 in the world showed at times what she is still capable of.
That took a while in the first set. Elise Mertens was wary and led 5-3 when she was allowed to serve for set win. Kanepi fought back into the game with her solid strokes, but in the end it was the Belgian who won: 6-4.
In set 2, Kanepi offered a little longer resistance. It didn’t help that a ball boy had to be replaced either. It upset Mertens, she had to allow a break (4-3).
She no longer wished her opponent much pleasure. Mertens quickly came alongside and at 6-5 she immediately used her first match ball on Court 7.
In the 3rd round, the Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia (WTA-45) or Aliaksandra Sasnovich (WTA-96) from Belarus awaits.
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