Malek totally deserved to lose. How can you be serving for the match (2nd set 5-3), have 3 MP and not try to convert at least one of them? She just kept hitting her dull slices and Kanepi saved all 3 MP with big forehands.
I like both players so would have been happy either way. Haven’t checked her section of the draw but it wouldn’t surprise me if she went on another slam run to the quarter-finals, increasing her mummifying on the way.
That was a real roller coaster of a match. :lol: Even the tb, Kaia won the first 4 points in style, and I thought: here we go! Then she lost the next 4 points. You could never relax watching this match, that's for sure.
I saw the end of the second set and some of the third set. The match really was on Kanepi's racquet - Maria was not making any winners, just getting the ball back and mixing it up well but Kanepi found her game just in time!