WTA Gippsland Trophy 2021 Final: Kaia Kanepi vs Elise Mertens Preview, Head-to-Head and Prediction

Estonia's Kaia Kanepi will battle it out with Elise Mertens of Belgium to lift the Gippsland Trophy.

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Kaia Kanepi vs Elise Mertens

Estonian Kaia Kanepi defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova to take on Belgian Elise Mertens in the final of Gippsland Trophy.

Match details

  • Fixture: Kaia Kanepi vs Elise Mertens
  • Date: February 7, 2021
  • Tournament: Gippsland Trophy 2021
  • Round: Final
  • Venue: Melbourne, Australia
  • Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
  • Prize Money: $565,530

Kaia Kanepi vs Elise Mertens: Preview

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Kaia Kanepi

Kaia Kanepi won her semi-final in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(6). This is the first final in almost eight years – since 2013 – for the 35-year-old Kanepi. That year, she reached the final of the Brussels Open in Belgium. She won the title – her fourth career title – there, beating Shuai Peng. This is the ninth WTA final of Kanepi’s career.

Mertens has been a consistent performer on the tour for the last few years but is still in search of a breakthrough at the big stage. A title run in the build-up to the Australian Open will be just the sort of boost she has been hoping for.

Kaia Kanepi vs Elise Mertens: Head-to-Head

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Elise Mertens

Kaia Kanepi and Elise Mertens have split their two meetings so far. Their current head-to-head stands at a 1-1. Mertens won their last showdown, which came at the 2020 French Open.

Kaia Kanepi vs Elise Mertens: Prediction

Kaia Kanepi
Kaia Kanepi

Kaia Kanepi has currently found her lost form. She came into the tournament as an underdog and will be the same in the final.  The Estonian possesses a powerful game built around huge groundstrokes, especially on the forehand side.

The Estonian’s experience of beating Ekaterina Alexandrova in the semi-finals will come in to her aid. The Russian has a playing style similar to that of Elise Mertens and that match would have come as a good practice. Expect Kanepi to lift the title.

Prediction: Kanepi to win in three sets.

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