Andrea Petkovic was knocked out of the WTA Brisbane International during a marathon two and a half hour match against Kaia Kanepi.
The seventh seed started the match off in solid form by holding her first three service games before her Estonian rival broken her with ease to a 5-3 lead. The late break in the first set was enough to enable Kanepi to take the first set.
Change of the tide
2012 Brisbane runner up Kanepi was, however, unable to carry on her momentum from the first into the second set as Petkovic responded by breaking to a 3-1 lead. The lead by the former world number nine was however short lived as Knepi fought back to level it once more at 3-3.
The set was on course to go into a tie break, however a costly dip in form by the Estonian whilst serving 5-6 gave Petkovic a golden opportunity to force the match into a deciding set. After failing to covert her first set point, the German strived to take the set with her second chance.
The final set saw seven breaks of service (four for Petkovic and three for Kanepi). Kanepi was in full control of the final set as she raced to a 4-1 lead, however towards the end of
the match, her serve began to falter as Petkovic refused to give up by breaking back two consecutive times.
Clinching of the match
Unfortunately, one of the late match breaks converted by Petkovic was wasted as Kanepi broke immediately back. Despite the late resurgence charge by Petkovic, the damaged was already done earlier on in the final set as her Estonian rival went on to take the match 6-4 5-7 6-4.
Following her win in Brisbane, Kanepi admitted that she was experiencing back issues
which contributed towards her decline in service quality late on in the match, but told the Courier Mail that it was due to lack of match play as supposed to any injury.
“My back was getting tired, at the end of last season, I had problems with my back and I haven’t played any matches since then,’’ she said.
"My back was getting tired, at the end of last season, I had problems with my back and I haven’t played any matches since then"
“It is nothing serious, it is just because I haven’t had a match, I was just getting tired.’’
In round two she will play either Madison Brengle or Lesia Tsurenko.