Giant killer Kaia Kanepi meets rising Brazilian star Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round of the 2022 French Open on Wednesday, May 25. Head to head and tips here.
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Kaia Kanepi vs Beatriz Haddad Maia head to head
This will be the first encounter between the two players on the WTA Tour.
Kanepi upsets Muguruza
At 36, Kaia Kanepi is currently among the oldest players on the WTA Tour, but given the type of tennis she plays, it seems like she’s regaining momentum.
The Estonian, now ranked 46th in the world, has earned a reputation for turning heads on the big stages. At this year’s Australian Open, she stormed into the quarterfinals after beating the likes of Angelique Kerber and Aryna Sabalenka.
She later reached the third round in Miami, Indian Wells and Charleston to bring her overall record for the season to 17-7.
Now in Paris, where she is a two-time quarterfinalist, Kanepi has continued in the same direction. In the opener, she upset No. 10-seeded and 2016 Roland Garros champion Garbine Muguruza 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. It was a resilient performance from the unseeded veteran, effectively opening the bracket with the win Has.
For what it’s worth, this isn’t entirely surprising from Kanepi. She came to the Slam with some momentum after reaching the semifinals in the Paris Challenger.
Maia survives Bucsa
Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia has shown her best performance at the French Open. Only two places behind Kanepi, she defeated the Spanish qualifier Cristina Bucșa 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in the opening game and reached the second round for the first time in her career.
She’s had quite an impressive season so far; Their record stands at an impressive 23-11, with most of those wins coming on clay courts.
Most recently, Maia played for the Challengers of Saint-Malo and Paris; She reached the finals in both tournaments and won the title in the former.
The 25-year-old was just as impressive (if not more so) in doubles. She clinched the doubles crown in Paris with Kristina Mladenovic, while earlier in the season she won the Sydney International and reached the Australian Open final with Anna Dalinina.
Beatriz is clearly sailing with a lot of confidence, drive and energy. She is at the best place of her career and will surely appreciate her chances for a deep run in the tournament.
Kanepi v Maia prediction and tip
This game can swing both ways. Convention dictates Maia as the favorite due to her relatively young age and recent form, but Kanepi has proven that age is no handicap – especially on a big stage like the French Open.
This is going to be a smash of a game – one where we can see quite a few games.
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