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Estoril POR, 30.04. – 05.05.2012 / International $220K clay
Kaia won her second title this year! The match lasted 2 hours and 37 minutes and Suarez Navarro had also two match points in the second set.
Kaia's own words: "In the first set I started out well but then it turned around. I started to make more mistakes and she started to get most of the points. The whole set I tried to be aggressive but it did not work out. It did for my opponent and the game started slightly to go in direction she wanted. Every time I tried to do something, I made an error. I thought that if I continue like this I will lose this match in two sets and can go already to the plane to Madrid.
In the middle of the second set I changed my game plan, I started to play longer points and hit more higher shots to her backhand side. I become more emotional, started to talk to myself, show some emotions – to try to get into the match somehow. It got more competitive. In tie-break I was concentrating on every point – I thought that what the hell, I want to play the decider, to be more on the court, have more excitement and that it would not end in the second set. I was thinking that even if I will lose the third set, at least we a have good final. In the deciding set I started aggressively again and in the first game it worked. Then I fell behind again and realised that I cannot play aggressive with her. I decided to do the same I did in the second set and it worked. When it was 4:4 I felt that she played a bit scarcely and I needed to be a bit more aggressive. So I did, it worked and it was fantastic.
There were more people cheering for my opponent today but also I heard my fans from the crowd as well. I was looking towards Kristjan (my fitness coach) a lot and it helped me to be more positive. I got a watch as a prize and they wrapped the trophy for me as well to take back home.
I can probably rest tomorrow but definitely on Monday I need to play in the next tournament."
The next tournament will be Mutua Madrid Open which started today. Kaia's opponent in the first round is Lucie Safarova (WTA 21) and the match will be on Monday. More about the next tournament