Kirilenko, Kanepi register hard fought wins in Seoul


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Kirilenko, Kanepi register hard fought wins in Seoul

Tennis – Out of form former top 10 Maria Kirilenko finally seems to be finding some form here at the KIA Korea Open being contested here in South Korea’s capital city – Seoul. The Russian, who reached the summit of being the 10th ranked player in the world last year in June, has seen her stock plummet radically in the space of just over an year as she’s now ranked at 155th place in the world.

Here as a Wild Card, the 27 year-old seems to have found form, notching up back to back wins for the first time since the start of the season. Up against Czech Republic’s Klara Kouklava today, the Russian fought back from a set down to complete, what was in the end, a comfortable 6-7(4),6-4,6-0 win.

The match clock showed that the match had lasted two hours and 6 minutes, while other statistics such as Kirilenko’s first serve conversion rate of 69 percent showed just why she had been successful in overcoming the 37th ranked right-hander.

Her eight service breaks of Kouklava’s serve was the key to her win. Kirilenko’s match was preceded by sixth seed Kaia Kanepi’s battle with Kristyna Pliskova who also hails from the Czech Republic.