Kaia Kanepi the Estonian warrior is currently one of eight women in contention to lift the Brisbane International title for a second time after reaching the quarter finals. Kanepi had to earn her berth in the tournament by competing in the qualifying draw.
Some of you may be wondering why Kanepi, the former champion had to qualify for Brisbane after lifting the trophy in 2012. Unfortunately, Kanepi has had her fair share of injuries which have derailed her charge on the WTA rankings. After achieving a career high ranking of #15 and reaching three finals in 2012, Kanepi suffered an achilles tendon injury which forced her to withdraw from numerous high profile tournaments including Wimbledon and the US Open in 2012 and the Australian Open in 2013.
Although Kanepi returned to the tour in time for the Clay season in 2013 and subsequently went on to win her 4th and most recent WTA tour title at the final edition of the Brussels Open, Kanepi was to face further setbacks by suffering more injuries including a back and shoulder injury over the forthcoming years.
Thankfully towards the latter end of 2017, Kanepi achieved some positive results by reaching the quarter finals of the US Open as a qualifier similar to her current path to the quarter finals in Brisbane.
Regardless of the outcome of Kanepi’s Brisbane result, where she’ll face the defending champion Karolina Pliskova in the next round, she has guaranteed herself a place in the main draw of the Australian Open, a tournament which she hasn’t played since 2015.