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Re: Kaia Kanepi Cheering Thread!!!


Estonia's Kaia Kanepi has reached the last eight at three of the four Grand Slams and is now the world No 40 despite a recent injury. Kanepi is on her third tournament back from injury and is defending her title at the Portugal Open this week.

Whatís the best match you have ever played?
I think the 2012 Brisbane International final against Daniela Hantuchova. I won that final and I felt really good on the court. I was hitting the ball really well and I was full of confidence in that match. And also my third round match against Caroline Wozniacki at the French Open last year. There were many long points, and I had my ups and downs on the court, but that was a good match.
Whatís the worst?
I was the top seed in Birmingham two years ago and I think I lost my opening match against a qualifier in an hour. I couldnít put a ball in the court. It was so bad.
If you could play a match against any player from history, who would it be and why?
I would love to have played against Steffi Graf because it would have been amazing to see first-hand how good she really was. She used to hit with a lot of slice, and we donít tend to use slice so much these days. I used to watch Steffi, Monica Seles and Martina Hingis when I was growing up.
Whatís your comfort food/guilty pleasure if you lose a match?
Haagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche ice-cream!
Who was your idol growing up?
It was Martina Hingis. Actually she was my coachís favourite player, and he used to tell me to watch her because she used to play with her mind, not with her power. He wanted me to learn to play smart tennis like she did.
Whatís the strangest thing youíve ever been sent by a fan?
I havenít been sent anything strange by a fan, but one of my sponsors makes cruise ships and asked me to be Ďgodmotherí to one of them called ĎSuperstarí. He hopes that one day I will be a superstar too! (laughs) In 2008, we flew in a private plane from Tallinn to Italy where the ship was docked to do a ceremony and have lunch, then we flew back.
Whatís your favourite song to dance to?
I donít really dance much, maybe three or four times a year in a nightclub, but aside from that I just enjoy listening to music! At the moment I like listening to music by Chase and Status or DJ Tiesto.
What strange thing is regularly in your suitcase as you travel round the world?
Actually I donít have anything. Iím not superstitious and I canít think of anything unusual that I would normally pack. Iím so boring, sorry! (laughs).
What would be your last meal on earth (all three courses)
I would have Caesar salad with shrimp to start; pasta carbonara for main; and for dessert either tiramisu or cheesecake...canít decide which.
Whatís the one object you couldnít live without?
Right now, I canít live without my car. I drive a rally car, and I love driving fast and taking it on racing tracks.
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