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iGOAT
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:04 AM
:sobbing:Kimiko:hug: But nice try! Really close, saved three match points at 6-5 :D

Renalicious
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:04 AM
Wtf. Weird finish. :o Urgh. Kimiko fought so hard to fight back to 6-6. :o

Lucemferre
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:05 AM
:bigcry::bigcry::bigcry:

Dave.
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:06 AM
That game at 6-6! :sobbing: Kimiko would have won the match if she took her game point :sad: Still a great effort from her, she clearly belongs in main draws of slams again.


Kaia :yeah:

I am thinking about how Kimiko would have done if she played Ana today :tape:

LeonHart
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:06 AM
:sad:

spencercarlos
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:06 AM
Wtf. Weird finish. :o Urgh. Kimiko fought so hard to fight back to 6-6. :o
Why weird?

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:06 AM
Kimiko is a fast learner :lol:
didnt take her too long to learn the art of the timeout :spit:

Ferg
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:07 AM
Kimi, you might have lost but you are still a wonder and a brilliant player and woman. How many 38 year olds have kept going for 170 mins? You are a legend.

Dave.
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:07 AM
Why weird?

Kimiko let the last ball go expeciting it to be called out but it wasn't.

Optima
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:07 AM
Heartbreaker :sad:

Renalicious
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:07 AM
Kanepi hit a slow ball that just clipped the line. Kimiko thought it was out so she just left the ball even though it was right in front of her. :sad:

Such a good fight Kimiko, you deserve to be in the Top 70!

So Disrespectful
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:08 AM
What a shame to lose like that in the third, but Kimiko has proven herself beyond anyone's expectations.

Keadz
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:08 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

Kanepi is my least favourite player for the day!

Poor Kimiko, if she won that match she would have had Mayr in the second round!!! :(

Still..could not be more amazed at what she has achieved. Should be back in the top 100 soon enough if she keeps it going.

Craig.
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:08 AM
Kimi, you might have lost but you are still a wonder and a bbrilliant player and woman. How many 38 year olds have kept going for 170 mins? You are a legend.

Totally. :worship:

Still heartbreaking though.

Ellery
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:08 AM
Kimiko :hug:

Well done Kaia.

drake3781
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:08 AM
Kimi! :sobbing:

Is she playing doubles?

Zoeki
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:09 AM
Kimiko:worship:

Kanepi:kiss:
At last you win

Koon
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:09 AM
OMG Kimiko :sobbing: :crying2:

champion88
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:09 AM
:sobbing: I thought she had it when she saved the 2 MPs and then broke.

She would have beaten Mayr for sure in R2 and been in 3rd round of her first Slam back :(

drake3781
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:10 AM
What will this do to her ranking!?! I'll check it myself but if anyone knows... she gets points for her three Qualies wins plus maybe 1 pt for the 1R match.

Renalicious
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:10 AM
She had Mayr in the 2nd round if she won. :o

Hope Kimiko plays more WTA events though now!

Her BH is just as good as ones from the top 10 to be honest. It's beautiful. Her serve is the big letdown.

~Eclipsed~
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:11 AM
Kimiko is a fast learner :lol:
didnt take her too long to learn the art of the timeout :spit:

Surviving in that heat at the age of 38, i'd say she deserves the timeout. Don't you?

Nice effort Kimiko! Really didn't expect you to push Kanepi that much! This should be a nice confidence booster. :yeah:

hellas719
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:11 AM
kaia:D
kimiko:hug:

Dave.
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:12 AM
I love Kimiko's forehand!! :hearts:

I agree that it's her serve which was the weakness.

Sylvester
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:12 AM
Kimiko is a fast learner :lol:
didnt take her too long to learn the art of the timeout :spit:

Gotta adapt to the new generation of tennis! :haha:

Nice try, Kimiko! So proud of you! :hug:

Andiyan
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:12 AM
Epic. :bowdown:

Kimiko deserved a better draw :)

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:12 AM
Nice try Kimiko! She'll be winning these types of matches against this type of player in the near future. She just needs more matches on the wta tour to fully adapt to the new generations game style...Kimiko :kiss:...:bounce:...:wavey:

switz
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:13 AM
Kimiko is a fast learner :lol:
didnt take her too long to learn the art of the timeout :spit:

your soviet won. can't you save your bitching for when they lose :o i'm sure you mercilessly attacked Elena for her dress change against Safina after she lost the second set on a cool night in Sydney :tape:

Shvedbarilescu
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:14 AM
I don't think I can even find a word to say how amazing I think Kimiko is. Honestly I didn't think Kimiko could stay with Kanepi, who is after all a hard hitting young top 30 player. But stay with her, she did. If there was any doubt, and there was, that Kimiko could play at top 100 level there isn't anymore. Kimiko really showed in this match she could actually handle herself on the main tour.

All that said, I am just crushed that we have all been denied our magnificent story book ending. :bigcry:

I am not disappointed in Kimiko, far from it. I am overwelmed with respect and admiration for her. But I am so so so disappointed in this final result. :awww:

tiffanykatya.
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:15 AM
congrats to kanepi
but good try kimiko! nice to see such a fighting spirit from a 38-year-old:worship:

switz
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:15 AM
oh yes and amazing performance from Kimiko. given most people laughed at her comeback she's certainly made a statement here.

Good luck to Kanepi for the rest of the tournament.

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:16 AM
your soviet won. can't you save your bitching for when they lose :o i'm sure you mercilessly attacked Elena for her dress change against Safina after she lost the second set on a cool night in Sydney :tape:

whats that got to do with the price of fish ??

Renalicious
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:17 AM
Well, both groundstrokes were solid. Her power of course isn't what she's famous for, today she really showed that angles, touch and intelligence are timeless. If she keeps working on her game I seriously think she'll be contending for GS 3rd or 4th rounds.

Ryan
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:18 AM
your soviet won. can't you save your bitching for when they lose :o i'm sure you mercilessly attacked Elena for her dress change against Safina after she lost the second set on a cool night in Sydney :tape:



Ownage. :lol:

V.Melb
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:20 AM
Eggy you were owned get over it. Stop acting confused...

Great match by Kimiko :)

Ellery
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:22 AM
your soviet won. can't you save your bitching for when they lose :o i'm sure you mercilessly attacked Elena for her dress change against Safina after she lost the second set on a cool night in Sydney :tape:


:worship:

Zehri98
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:25 AM
Very unlucky! Thought Kimiko had it after saving those 3 match points at 5-6! Very upsetting but still, what an amazing performance against a top 30 player! Beautiful!

Davodus
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:26 AM
kimiko :worship:
its a shame you lost, but really, she did amazingly well and kaia is a tough player who hits the ball pretty big
i think she will be in the top 100 in no time

disco_rage
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:30 AM
Heartbreaker for Kimiko. Hard luck. Keep going tho!

F-R-E-A-K
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:31 AM
:sobbing: Kimiko :hug:

Hardiansf
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:42 AM
Too bad. I think Kimiko is exhausted. And then faced seeded player and fought so hard.
Hope the next tournament you'll get the better result, Kimiko. Make Top 100 soon, you deserve it

LindsayRulz
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:44 AM
Kimiko :awww::hug:

danieln1
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:46 AM
NOO Kimiko should have won... How Kanepi manage to run in that hot sun? She is not in the best shape...

drake3781
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:49 AM
whats that got to do with the price of fish ??


Becuase your post was undeserved sour grapes and seemed an attempt to spoil a groundswell of admiration for Kimiko.


The question returned to you was whether you call out other players whom you might favor, on bigger transgressions.


Is that not clear to you or are you being obtuse?


No need to respond.

drake3781
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:51 AM
So what do we know of Kimiko's plans? Does she have to go back to the ITF circuit for a while? I've got to figure her new ranking, but would still have to compare to entry lists.

davidmario
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:52 AM
Kimiko:worship:
She looked so disappointed:sad:

iGOAT
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:53 AM
2 posts in a row :speakles: You're becoming a post whore :eek:

patricio
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:55 AM
wow! I watched her in auckland against Craybas and now today she played so much better, she handled the match perfectly even though there was a clear power difference, well done Kimiko!

New
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:01 AM
Kimiko...:sad:

I can't wait for the rest of the year now... I want to see her in more main draws...!!!:bounce:

switz
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:09 AM
whats that got to do with the price of fish ??

double standards. you're the first to criticise players unless it's one of your favourites in which case you seem blissfully unaware.

i should remember that since you update the rankings you can get away with anything.

karimcartoon
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:22 AM
I hate these kind of matches. Why didn't Mrs Date win? GR.

iGOAT
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:29 AM
double standards. you're the first to criticise players unless it's one of your favourites in which case you seem blissfully unaware.

i should remember that since you update the rankings you can get away with anything.
I have noticed it's always "Yes, but you almost choked" with no regard to opponent if a fave wins and ":o" with no regard to the opponent if a fave loses :unsure:

Martian KC
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:39 AM
Even with the los, Kimiko has become legendary.:hearts:

Boomguy
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:50 AM
There is an article on the AO website saying she had to see the trainer for her right leg. 10 double faults wow.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/match_reports/2009-01-19/200901191232337903718.html

*Jean*
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:57 AM
Phew, well done Kaia, tough match :o

Lulu.
Jan 19th, 2009, 05:01 AM
Kaia. :yeah:

Never in doubt. :)

InsideOut.
Jan 19th, 2009, 05:03 AM
Kimiko :sad::hug:

:sobbing: It would have been perfect if she could have won! 8-6 :crying2:

Harju.
Jan 19th, 2009, 05:59 AM
Oh wow. What an epic match. Too bad Kimiko can't close it out :sobbing:

Congrats Kaia :yeah:

Ballbasher
Jan 19th, 2009, 06:13 AM
I have left, before the end of the match, because it was so nervewrecking, but I'm so relieved Kaia won :woohoo: :yeah: :worship:
But Kimiko clearly deserves all credit for pushing a fit player to the limit as the age of 38 :worship:

young_gunner913
Jan 19th, 2009, 06:22 AM
Kimiko :sobbing:

frenchie
Jan 19th, 2009, 06:58 AM
What an improvment from Auckland!!! Amazing
She would have won if she converted her GP at 6-6

Kaia was dying out there. She looked like a fish out of water

homogenius
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:01 AM
Much closer than expected (but Kanepi really needs to lose some pounds)but it's a bit it finished like that :(
Anyway, Kimiko did a great job here and she should be proud of what she achieved :worship:

olivero
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:06 AM
Oh nooo!
It was so close? What a bad luck for Kimiko :(
:hug:

Mynarco
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:10 AM
Kimiko :sad: :crying2:
come back in 2010 :)

pcrtennis
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:53 AM
People were underestimating Kimiko and way overestimating Kanepi. I actually thought Kimiko was going to win that...but she seems to want to play the rest of the slams as of right now according to her post match interview!

SoClose
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:55 AM
What a match!!! GOOD JOB KANEPI!!!!!!!!!!

nashi
Jan 19th, 2009, 08:32 AM
Next time must win:lol:

Just Do It
Jan 19th, 2009, 08:35 AM
Kimiko :(
Dont tell me she had a MP ?

Noctis
Jan 19th, 2009, 08:57 AM
She had gp no Mp :hug:

Lennval
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:18 AM
kimiko good try :worship:

congrats kaia :)

jirobkk
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:19 AM
Kimiko is in Q-Lists in Pattaya. Can't wait to watch her play.

hdfb
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:26 AM
I was there and it was just so great and fun to be cheering for Date with the Japanese crowd (the stands were 90% Japanese) and riding every point with her. Even though she lost, the Japanese knew she was a winner anyway for getting so far.

mauresmofan
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:34 AM
People were underestimating Kimiko and way overestimating Kanepi. I actually thought Kimiko was going to win that...but she seems to want to play the rest of the slams as of right now according to her post match interview!

That's great news that she's gotten the confidence now to keep building on what she's achieved. So proud of you Kimiko well done!:bounce:

new-york
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:35 AM
tremendous fight kimiko.

get that ranking up. :cool:

grats Kaa.

treufreund
Jan 19th, 2009, 10:05 AM
Glad that KK beat K(d)K. ;)

youizahoe
Jan 19th, 2009, 10:13 AM
Oh boy, lucky kaia :o

*Jool*
Jan 19th, 2009, 10:55 AM
:worship:

so close :awww:

congrats to both players , Kanepi for closing it out, and Kimiko for fighting so hard and proving she can still do wonders :)
best of luck in 2009, Kimiko ! :hatoff:

Sharapova's_Boy
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:06 PM
Kimiko :(

I wasn't expecting her to push Kaia as much as she did. Hopefully she enters more WTA events in 09.

Adal
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:18 PM
Kaia :bounce: Win the title for Estonia :hearts:

Experimentee
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:48 PM
I was there and it was such a great match. I am so proud of Kimiko and how she matched it with a top 30 player, also withstanding the extreme heat (it was almost unbearable, and I wasn't even playing). I hope she will continue to play more WTA events and Slams as she definitely deserves to be in the top 100.

ce
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:53 PM
:sad:

TennisFanForever
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:55 PM
so close :eek:

Kimiko :hug: :hug: :hug: just incredible :bowdown:

cn ireland
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:03 PM
So close Kimiko:sad:!

What a fight from her though:yeah:!

frenchie
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:10 PM
I think Kimiko could have beaten 75% of the draw playing like that
Too bad she faced a power player

drake3781
Jan 19th, 2009, 11:38 PM
Still sad about this outcome. :sobbing:

Julian
Jan 19th, 2009, 11:56 PM
Kimiko :(

Best of luck rest of the year! you are STLL great!

ex hopman
Jan 22nd, 2009, 09:42 PM
kimiko will play at FO/Wimbledon Q.

drake3781
Jan 22nd, 2009, 09:56 PM
kimiko will play at FO/Wimbledon Q.


Thanks for the news!

She is also in Pattaya MD.

Maybe more.

Her ranking is all the way up to 184! But I can't tell if that includes AO Q points or not, because it is same rank as previous week (Jan 19 and Jan 12 week have same rank).

:D

Machi
Jan 22nd, 2009, 10:48 PM
I love Kaia Kanepi. I think she can beat Safina.

ex hopman
Jan 22nd, 2009, 11:31 PM
Her ranking is all the way up to 184! But I can't tell if that includes AO Q points or not, because it is same rank as previous week (Jan 19 and Jan 12 week have same rank).

:D
Her ranking will go up to around 160s in 2 weeks! :)

drake3781
Jan 23rd, 2009, 12:28 AM
Her ranking will go up to around 160s in 2 weeks! :)


It's been fun watching her start with no ranking, move up. :cool: