In a tale of two underdogs, Kaia Kanepi will play Marie Bouzkova in the second round of the 2022 Australian Open on Thursday, January 20. Get the live streaming options of this Kaia Kanepi v Marie Bouzkova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Kaia Kanepi v Marie Bouzkova Head to Head
The tally is tied at 1-1, with both those matches taking place in 2020. Kanepi won their most recent encounter – in the French Open.
Kanepi Stuns Kerber
Kaia Kanepi is off to a great start in the Australian Open 2022 as she defeated the three-time Grand Slam winner, former World No. 1 Angelique Kerber in straight sets. The Estonian needed an hour and 22 minutes to seal the match with 6-4, 6-3, boasting of a strong service game and 31 winners (v Kerber’s 18).
Over the course of her rich career spanning across three decades, Kanepi has beaten a handful of top 10 players but was never particularly consistent with it. Case in point, she played in Melbourne Set 1 in early January and fell to the #67-ranked Ana Konjuh in round two.
Last year, the current World No. 115 alternated between ITF and WTA tours – she won two titles in the former while in the latter, she was a finalist in the Gippsland Trophy. Since then, however, Kanepi has lost in the early rounds of all other WTA tournaments.
Bouzkova Overcomes Marino
23-year-old Marie Bouzkova started her journey with a 6-1, 6-3 win over the Canadian qualifier Rebecca Marino. This victory also marks her best-ever showing in the Australian Open. Another win and the Czech would have delivered her best results in a Grand Slam.
Currently ranked World No. 86, Bouzkova enjoyed a decent run ahead of the major, having reached round two in Adelaide International as a qualifier. Her last season, however, wasn’t particularly great.
If anything, it was quite similar to Kanepi’s – Bouzkova was a finalist in the Phillip Island Trophy and thereafter, she spent the majority of her season battling early-round exits. The Czech did make it as a semifinalist in Guadalajara and a quarterfinalist in Birmingham.
Bouzkova v Kanepi Prediction and Tip
36-year-old Kanepi has played a lot more professional tennis than Bouzkova and carries a definite advantage. But Bouzkova is young, energetic, and coming off a fine run. In some ways, these players are evenly matched and may very battle till the end.