before the final. According to the WTA website, Samsonova commented after defeating Samsonova in three sets for her second WTA victory, “I think it was the hardest match of the week because Kaia was playing incredible.”
“She was providing excellent service. On the way back, I had some difficulty figuring out the answer. Today’s mental game was challenging, and I’m relieved to have solved it.”
After regrouping, Samsonova defeated Kanepi in three sets.
Samsonova was serving to stay in the first set when Kanepi broke her in the tenth game of the first set, resulting in the first break points of the match.
Kanepi, who had won the first set, led the second set’s opening five games, 3-2, and had a break point in the sixth game. Samsonova went on a significant run at that time since Kanepi was unaware of her break point.
Samsonova didn’t drop a game after defending a break point, winning back-to-back breaks in the seventh and ninth games to force a tiebreaker. No break points were encountered until the eighth game, when Samsonova broke Kanepi to love, at the beginning of the third set, when both players consistently held on to their serves.
In the third set, Samsonova only needed one break of serve because she regularly served out the match in the ninth game. Samsonova now has two WTA titles under her belt after winning her maiden one in Berlin last year.