(2) Ana Ivanovic vs Kaia Kanepi
The fourth and final quarter-final from the Brisbane International will see second seed Ana Ivanovic take on former champion Kaia Kanepi on Pat Rafter Arena.
Ana Ivanovic made a reasonable start to her 2015 campaign, overcoming an early scare to defeat Jarmila Gajdosova in straight sets 6-4 6-1. Jarmila had break point opportunities late in the opening set but was unable to convert. The Aussie then handed Ana the set with a wayward service game, finished off with a double fault. Ana took total control of the match in second set as the Aussie’s resistance halted. Ana will need to play much more consistently against the dangerous Kaia Kanepi on Thursday night .
Kaia Kanepi made an impressive start to her 2015 campaign with an extremely hard fought 6-4 5-7 6-4 victory over Andrea Petkovic in the opening round. Kanepi then scraped past Madison Brengle 6-3 7-6 to set up a quarter-final clash with the second set. Kanepi’s performance was mediocre for much of the second set but she did what she needed to do in the end.
This will surprisingly be the first career meeting between these two hard hitters. We can expect a fast paced match which is sure to thrill the Pat Rafter Arena crowd. This should be a tight match, Kanepi can potentially take advantage of Ivanovic’s wayward second serve. However it’s hard to say Kanepi will win this match with any real confidence.
Prediction: Ana Ivanovic to defeat Kaia Kanepi in three sets