Kaie Kanepi was knocked out of the French Tennis Open at Stade Roland Garros Sunday in three sets, against Croatian player Petra Martić.
Kanepi won the first set 5:7, but Martić, ranked 31st in the world, came back to win the second and third sets 6:2, 6:4. For Martić, the result was something of a milestone, having lost in the fourth round at grand slam tournaments no less than four times.
Kanepi reached the quarterfinals of the tournament, played on clay, twice, in 2008 and 2012, but it was not to be this time, in a game which lasted over two hours, in hot conditions.
After winning the first set, Kanepi started well in the second and was leading 2:0. However, Martić came back to win six games on the trot, taking the set. The third set started in exactly the same way, and remained much closer, being 3:3 at one point. Martić later took control, with Kanepi only winning one more game.
Kaia Kanepi, 33, from Haapsalu, ranks 88th in the world, with a career-high 15th, is now going to prepare for Wimbledon at the Williams BMW Liverpool International tennis Tournament 20th-23rd of June.
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