Kaia Kanepi beats Daniela Hantuchova in Brisbane final

Kaia Kanepi
Kanepi won for the first time in four attempts against Hantuchova

Estonia's Kaia Kanepi won her second career title after a convincing 6-2 6-1 win against Daniela Hantuchova in the Brisbane International final.

From 1-2 down in the opening set, she won nine games in a row.

Kanepi, 26, was particularly strong early in the second set, dropping a solitary point in the first four games.

It was the biggest win of her career, adding to the title she won in Palermo in 2010external-link, and ensures she will be seeded for the Australian Open.

The big-hitting Estonian had produced upset wins over seeds Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Andrea Petkovic and Francesca Schiavone to reach the final and carried on that form.

Hantuchova should have been the fresher of the two players, having been granted a quarter-final walkover following Serena Williams's withdrawal and then winning her semi-final when Kim Clijsters retired during the second set.

But Kanepi won 82% of points on her first serve as she recorded her first victory in four career meetings with the Slovakian, finishing the encounter on her fourth match point.

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