Kaia Kanepi is a renowned tennis player from Estonia. She is the best player to emerge from her country and has attained career high ranking of 15 in 2012. She has won four singles titles in the WTA tournaments. She plays right handed and uses both hands for the backhand shot. She has a career record of 63% and she has won 559 matches and lost 318.
In 2022, she has a current ranking of No 38. Interestingly, she has reached the quarter finals of all four grand slams Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in her career. In the doubles category, she has a success rate of 41% with 46 victories and 64 losses. She has a highest career ranking of No 106 in 2011.
Kaia Kanepi was born on the 10th of June 1985 in Haapsalu region of Estonia. Kaia Kanepi’s current age is 37 years.
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Kaia Kanepi hails from Haapsalu and she had good interest in tennis from a young age. Kaia’s mother was a tennis player and she motivated Kaia to take up the sports seriously. Kaia started playing tennis from the age of 8 and got good success at the early stage. She was trained under professional coach which improved her game.
She was a good player at the junior level and reached the world number one position at the ITF junior rankings during her college days. She later played for her country Estonia in both singles and doubles category at the Summer Olympics in 2004. She partnered with Maret Ani for the doubles category.
Kaia Kanepi belongs to a middle class family based in Haapsalu region of Estonia. Her father Jaak Kanepi worked as a real estate broker and her mother Anne Kanepi is a homemaker. Interestingly, her mother played tennis. Kaia’s sister Kadri is also a tennis player and won scholarship to study in US. Kaia’s other sister Karin is a professional horse rider.
Kaia Kanepi’s relationship status is single. She is not married but sources say that she is in relationship with Tonu Kaljuste. Tonu is a Tennis Coach and he has personally trained Kaia since 20 years. However, she has not confirmed anything in this regard.
Kaia Kanepi is very tall and her height is 5.11 feet. She weighs around 80 kgs and looks muscular due to regular workout at the gym and hours of tennis practice. She has natural blonde hair and usually ties it as ponytail while playing tennis. She is usually seen in casual clothing outside the court.
Kaia Kanepi started playing tennis at a young age of 8 and had a good track record at the junior level. She even reached the world No 1 position at the junior level for some time. She later turned professional and also participated in the WTA Tour in 2006. She managed to reach the finals but lost to Kim Clijsters in the final match.
She was later part of Australian Open in 2007 and Sony Ericsson Open. She managed to enter the semi finals at Bad Gastein tournament and this became her third entry into semifinals in her career. She also managed to enter the top 40 ranking in the world.
In the year 2008, she was part of the French Open and managed to reach the quarter finals. Even though she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter finals, she made history with her entry into the quarter final. She became the first tennis player from Estonia to reach the quarter final at a Grand Slam tournament.
After this, Kaia Kanepi got direct entry to the Wimbledon tournament but she could not make good use of it as she lost to Serena Williams in the first round. She later participated in the Summer Olympics in 2008 and reached the third round. She was also part of the US Open in that year. She won the Best Female Athlete of Estonia award in that year.
The year 2009 was interesting as she managed to reach the third round of Australian Open. She represented Estonia in the doubles category with Maret Ani and the team beat Croatia, Bulgaria and Belarus. She also played in the singles category and she set her personal best serve record at 122 mph which is one of the best for a female tennis player.
In 2010, she managed to reach the Wimbledon and US Open quarter finals. Apart from that, she also represented Estonia at Fed Cup. In 2012, she reached the French Open quarter final for the second time in her career. She enjoyed a good career for a long time and won many matches in the next few years.
Recently in 2022, she managed to reach the quarter finals at the Australian Open. She also participated at the French Open and beat 10th seed Garbine Muguruza in the first round. She also participated in Wimbledon but lost to Diane Parry. Her serve is considered to be one of the fastest in the women’s category.
The net worth of Kaia Kanepi is around $10 million. She has won millions worth prize money in her career. Apart from that, she has also endorsed many products and brands and earned money through sponsor deals. She owns many luxury cars and mansions in her hometown.
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Kaia Kanepi is sponsored by Infortar for a long time. She had a contract with the company for many years which ended in 2010 for a brief period. However, she was sponsored again till 2017.
Kaia’s sister is also a tennis player and she is currently in the US to complete her education. Kaia’s mother was also a tennis player during her younger days.
She loves to travel and has toured most countries of the world to play tennis at the International level. She is not too active on social media but has accounts in Instagram, Twitter and Facebook platforms.
She is very good at serve and is considered as one of the fastest in the female tennis player’s category. She hit a career best speed of 122 mph.