Kanepi upsets Wickmayer to reach US Open last eight

New York: Estonia`s Kaia Kanepi recovered from a horrendous first set to reach her third career grand slam quarter-final with a 0-6, 7-6, 6-1 victory over Belgium`s Yanina Wickmayer at the US Open on Monday.

Number 15 seed Wickmayer wrapped up the first set in a mere 36 minutes as Kanepi, who had knocked out number four seed Jelena Jankovic in the previous round, looked overawed by the occasion.

But the 31st seed steadied her nerve on the resumption of play and slowly clawed her way back into the contest.

She broke Wickmayer, a semi-finalist in New York a year ago, twice in the second set and dominated the subsequent tiebreak before wrapping up the final set with relative ease.

Bureau Report