Sydney AUS, 07.01. – 13.01.2002 / Tier II
Against all odds, Kaia made it to the court at the Sydney tournament with prize money US $585 000. Thanks to the fact that the 3rd seed in the qualifying Russian Tatiana Panova is playing at the Auckland tournament in New Zealand her place in the table was obtained by Kaia, who was in the list of alternates. Her opponent was Croatian Jelena Kostanic and though the match lasted long providing both parties a lot of possibilities more experienced Kostanic proved her strength - 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (1-7).