Published May 05, 2012
OEIRAS, Portugal – Kaia Kanepi of Estonia won the Estoril Open on Saturday, saving two match points to beat Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4.
Among the men, defending champion Juan del Potro of Argentina and Richard Gasquet of France won semifinals and will play for the title Sunday in this clay-court tuneup for the French Open. This is Gasquet's first final since July 2010.
Kanepi, seeded sixth, survived the match points in the second-set tiebreaker. She then rebounded from a 3-1 deficit to capture her second title of the season and third of her career. Suarez Navarro is 0-3 in finals.
"I've won a few matches from match points down but I've never won a final like this," Kanepi said. "I'll remember this final in a good way for a long time."
The top-seeded Del Potro didn't surrender a break-point chance in beating third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6 (2), 6-4. Gasquet, seeded second, rallied past Albert Ramos of Spain 2-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5.
Gasquet looked finished when he slammed his racket into the ground after losing a point at the start of the second set. But Ramos dropped his next service game with three straight errors.
Gasquet didn't waste the chance and drew even at one set each before finishing off the fourth-seeded Ramos in just over three hours when his return sailed wide.