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spiceboy
Dec 16th, 2005, 11:33 PM
Estonian Kaia Kanepi will appear in next week's ranking in the Top 100 for the first time after reaching the final in $75K+H Dubai today.

20 year old Kanepi, once ranked #1 junior player of the world has suffered several injuries in the last few years that prevented her to get to the top and has only found some regularity in the second half of the year showing that she's one to watch.

Playing her last junior season in 2001 being only 16 she played only 20 matches at this level losing only 2 of them. Her best result came at Roland Garros when she won the title beating top players like Jamea Jackson, Sofia Arvidsson, Dinara Safina, Myriam Casanova, Ashley Harkleroad and Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final (the only one who could win a set against Kaia) and later in the year she would defeat Sharapova and Safina (again) before falling in a 3rd set tie break against eventual winner Bartoli in the US Open.

And considering she's got nothing to defend in the first 6 months of the year we could see her actually getting higher in the rankings

http://www.kaiakanepi.com/images/upload/galerii/392005-07-06-IV.jpg (http://www.kaiakanepi.com/index.php?page=galerii&id=39)

spiceboy
Dec 16th, 2005, 11:36 PM
BTW Estonian tennis is rocking this year! Not only Kaia but Maret Ani has reached the top 100 for the first time also this year and Margit Ruutel is playing her first $25K final this week and getting well into the top 300 :worship:

Craigy
Dec 16th, 2005, 11:37 PM
:speakles:

jamatthews
Dec 16th, 2005, 11:39 PM
Aww, that's great for her... :hug:

Drake1980
Dec 17th, 2005, 12:20 AM
Congrats Kaia, I love her!

new-york
Dec 17th, 2005, 12:28 AM
well, that deserves a congrats.

Tennace
Dec 17th, 2005, 12:41 AM
COngrats Kaia!

percy896
Dec 17th, 2005, 12:58 AM
That's really good for her. Anyone reaching the top 100 for the first time must feel great. I'll be looking out for her in 2006!

vogus
Dec 17th, 2005, 02:36 AM
Kanepi is a big talent. Very similar to Molik in size and style of play, but with a 2-handed backhand. Top 20 material absolutely, maybe even better.

Jem
Dec 17th, 2005, 03:48 AM
Can anyone provide an English translation of Kaia Kanepi's name? Thanks.

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Dec 17th, 2005, 03:55 AM
great work from her she must be happy with that

tennisrox
Dec 17th, 2005, 08:38 AM
Kanepi is a big talent. Very similar to Molik in size and style of play, but with a 2-handed backhand. Top 20 material absolutely, maybe even better.

Big groundies,and a big serve.But she's a little on the heavy side,and not too quick on her feet.She needs to work on that aspect.She has a bright future. :yeah:

^bibi^
Dec 17th, 2005, 08:48 AM
Finally !!! congrats Kaia!!!!

2 estonian girls in top 100!!! :banana:

Dexter
Dec 17th, 2005, 09:15 AM
WD Kaia :yeah: 2 Estonias in the Top100 :cool:

ceiling_fan
Dec 17th, 2005, 09:18 AM
wow, thats insane!

Ballbasher
Dec 17th, 2005, 09:18 AM
that´s so great :yeah:

propi
Dec 17th, 2005, 09:32 AM
Finally Kaia :bounce:

The Kaz
Dec 17th, 2005, 09:44 AM
:woohoo:

daniela86
Dec 17th, 2005, 10:15 AM
Great achievement for sure :banana: :banana: :banana:
Well done Kaia,I like her and I hope she 'll keep on climbing the rankings :D and reach the top 50 next year :D

xXSarajevoXx
Dec 17th, 2005, 10:20 AM
Kaia :yeah: good luck in 2006!!

spiceboy
Dec 17th, 2005, 11:08 AM
Margit Ruutel is playing her first $25K final this week and getting well into the top 300

In today's final: Margit Ruutel d. (6)Eva Hrdinova 60 62 :worship:

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 17th, 2005, 11:19 AM
"Killer Kaia" ;) so good and hopefully all her injury probs are behind her.

Ballbasher
Dec 17th, 2005, 11:20 AM
Margit will be next ;)

vutt
Dec 17th, 2005, 11:20 AM
Can anyone provide an English translation of Kaia Kanepi's name? Thanks.

Well, by asking that way in first place I think you know what "kanep/kanepi" means ;)

Congrats, Kaia! Top 100 indeed was long overdue. If it continues that way we might end up with pretty decent FedCup team :)

tobi
Dec 17th, 2005, 11:23 AM
Kaia :banana:

Hoping all the best for her :hug:

Estonian girls :unsure: :p :D

HTE
Dec 17th, 2005, 11:25 AM
Go Kaia :yeah:

Drimal
Dec 17th, 2005, 12:42 PM
Estonia rocks :rocker: ... not only in PYW Fed Cup :lol:

With Maret Ani and Kaia Kanepi two Estonians moved into Top 100 this year. Really nice for a country with "only" 1,5 millions. :)

matthias
Dec 17th, 2005, 12:53 PM
congratulation

Grand Phantasm
Dec 17th, 2005, 01:00 PM
Go Kaia :woohoo:

SloKid
Dec 17th, 2005, 01:29 PM
Holy mother of mercy :eek:

Well done Kaia :yeah:

Martian KC
Dec 17th, 2005, 01:56 PM
What a great second half of the season, Kaia!:hearts:

Please, stay healthy for awhile.:kiss:

Ballbasher
Dec 17th, 2005, 02:00 PM
season record for Kaia:39-17 :yeah:

Kuilli
Dec 17th, 2005, 03:54 PM
Congrats to Kaia!! Well done! :D

*Jean*
Dec 17th, 2005, 03:59 PM
I'm lovin' Kaia !!

Wojtek
Dec 17th, 2005, 04:10 PM
I'm surprised. I saw last year in Sopot and she was terrible. She lost to polish player Zarska 3:6 3:6, made tons of ue and df. She was very slow and didn't show something special. But it's great for Estonia to have two players in top 100.

Grachka
Dec 17th, 2005, 04:13 PM
Kaia :worship:

Maret :worship:

Margit :worship:

Estonians are rocking my world :p

Vut
Dec 17th, 2005, 05:13 PM
congrats!

controlfreak
Dec 17th, 2005, 07:55 PM
Wow. I haven't noticed Kaia's progress for a long time, I certainly would never have predicted 2 years ago that she would one day be Top 100.

Alicia Rocks
Dec 17th, 2005, 10:46 PM
Kaia :bounce:

The Kaz
Dec 17th, 2005, 11:35 PM
Margit to reach world no254 in the ranking next week. Wow.

:worship: Go Estonia! - The best Scanda-Baltic nation :worship:

spiceboy
Dec 18th, 2005, 02:03 AM
Can anyone provide an English translation of Kaia Kanepi's name? Thanks.

No idea. Anyone?

But I can tell you that Kaia in Spanish (same sound, written Calla) means SHUT UP :cool:

The Kaz
Dec 18th, 2005, 02:31 AM
Kaia :yeah:

rrfnpump
Dec 18th, 2005, 08:03 AM
http://www.kaiakanepi.com/

http://www.postimees.ee/070705/gfx/1692242cc264707cb5.jpg

http://www.postimees.ee/240905/gfx/20812433552bf9bb91_2.jpg

http://www.tennisjournal.it/IMAGES/Kanepi%202.jpg
Kaia winning 75k Fano this year

http://www.tenniseurope.org/images/Communications/estoniafc2.jpg
estonian girls

SpikeyAidanm
Dec 18th, 2005, 08:56 AM
that's a pretty big rise, hope to see Ani and her in Melbourne

fredbdx
Dec 18th, 2005, 09:09 AM
that's a pretty big rise, hope to see Ani and her in Melbourne

yes but Kaia will have to play the qualies in the AO...because she was ranked 117 when the main draw list has been established (the last player accepted is ranked 108)

Jem
Dec 18th, 2005, 08:44 PM
Well, by asking that way in first place I think you know what "kanep/kanepi" means ;)

Congrats, Kaia! Top 100 indeed was long overdue. If it continues that way we might end up with pretty decent FedCup team :)

Sorry I wasn't thinking well. I meant to ask what the English PRONOUNCIATION of her name was? Thanks.

Ellery
Dec 18th, 2005, 08:47 PM
Kaia :yeah: