World No. 17, and the number sixteen seed, Angelique Kerber of Germany, will take on Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, the world number 71, in the first round of the 2022 Australian Open on Monday, January 17. Get the live streaming options of this Angelique Kerber v Kaia Kanepi match along with its preview, head-to-head, and tips here.
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Angelique Kerber v Kaia Kanepi Head to Head
The pair have played each other four times before, although they have not met on court for eight years. Kanepi won in Sydney in 2009 and again at Wimbledon in 2013. Later that same year, Kerber beat her at the US Open and in Sydney in early 2014.
Kerber Hoping to Start Season on a High
Kerber won the Australian Open in 2016, when she beat Serena Williams in the final, one of the three Grand Slam titles in her collection. Two years later she made the semi-finals in Melbourne, and has appeared in the fourth round on a further five occasions.
However, known for her inconsistency on court, her record is also sprinkled with several first round defeats, including last year.
2021 marked something of a return to form for the German. She won her first WTA title for three years on home soil in Bad Homburg, reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon, and also the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open.
This is her first match of 2022. She has not played competitively since featuring for her country at the Billie-Jean King Cup in November.
Estonian Veteran Kanepi Could Put up a Fight
Kanepi is now in at the veteran stage of a career that has seen her win four WTA career titles, although none since the Brussels Open in 2013.
Last February though, she reached her first final since then in the Melbourne warm-up event, the Gippsland Trophy, eventually losing to Elise Mertens in straight sets.
Her record at the Australian Open is comparatively modest compared to Kerber’s, although she has reached the third round on three occasions, including last year.
The Estonian has played two matches so far this year. At the Melbourne Summer Set event, she defeated Jaqueline Cristian of Romania, the world number 73, in three sets in the first round, but then lost another three set contest to Ana Konjuh of Croatia, the world number 65.
Kerber v Kanepi Prediction and Tip
As fans of Kerber know, it is difficult to predict which version of her will turn up, either the woman who has won three Grand Slams, or the one who struggles with form and concentration. However, provided that she approaches this match with the right attitude, she should have too much for the Estonian veteran.