By Steve Keating NEWYORK (Reuters) – A year ago Kaia Kanepi was reading books, walking her dog and trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life.
After a tidy 6-4 6-4 win over Russian Daria Kasatkina put her into the U.S. Open quarter-finals on Monday, the 418th ranked Estonian is now trying to figure out a way to beat Elina Svitolina or Madison Keys.
“It’s pretty amazing where I am now compared to where I was a few months ago.” Kanepi had been battling with painful plantar fasciitis in both feet and a bout with the debilitating Epstein-Barr virus and was contemplating giving up tennis altogether.
Last year Kanepi’s lone main draw appearance in four WTA level tournaments came in Rabat where she fell in the first round, a marked contrast to when she was once ranked 15th and made five grand slam quarter-finals.
And I missed that feeling when you play well.” Kanepi added she feeds off the energy of New York and even made a brief stop coming home from a recent holiday, just to experience it again.
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