KAIA KANEPI : The first Estonian Tennis Title winner

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Kaia Kanepi (Estonian pronunciation  {kai.a kanepi} ). Kaia was born on 10th June 1985. Kaia has won four singles titles on the WTA Tour. Kaia Kanepi is known to be a true Gemini. She reached her fourth Grand Slam quarter – final at the 2012 French Open. Kaia Kanepi has a career record of 545 -312 (63.6%).


Age 36 Years
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Nationality Estonia
Plays Right handed (two Handed Backhand)
Turned Professional 1999
Highest Ranking (Singles) No 15. (2012)
Current Ranking (Singles) No 62 (2022)
Social Media Profile. Instagram: @kaiakanepi 

Official Website: Kaiakanepi.com

Personal Information and Relationships

  • Kaia was born in Haapsalu, Estonia.
  • She resides in Tallinn, Estonia.
  • Kanepi reached her first final in 2006.
  • She is the first Estonian female tennis player to reach the finals.
  • Kaia won her first singles title in 2010.
  • Kaia is also the first Estonian to be ranked inside the top 15.
  • Her numerous achievements have made her Estonia’s most successful and most famous professional tennis player in history.


  • Kanepi was born in Haapsalu.
  • Her father, Jaak was a real estate broker and her mother Anne was a homemaker.
  • Both her parents enjoyed playing tennis.
  • Kanepi’s sibling, Kadri won a Tennis scholarship to study in the United States and Karin a dedicated horse rider.
  • Watching her family play and enjoy the sport of Tennis, Kaia took up to learn tennis at an early age of eight. Kaia Kanepi reached her first final in 2006, becoming the first Estonian female player to do so at the Gaz de France Stars where she lost to Kim Clijsters.
  • Kaia Kanepi made it to the top 40 in 2007.
  • In 2008 Kanepi made history by becoming the first Estonian female tennis player to reach the grand slam quarter final.
  • Kanepi was also named Best Female Athlete of Estonia by the Association of Estonian Sports journalists.
  • The start of 2010 was a bit better for Kanepi as compared to her games in 2009.
  • By May 2010 Kanepi won ten straight matches to claim her seventh and eight career 
  • Described as a ‘resident Grand Slam upset specialist’ by the Guardian, Kane ITF Tournaments.
  • In 2012 Kanepi began the season at the Brisbane International where she advanced to the final defeating qualifierAlexandra Panova. 
  • In the final, she beat Daniela Hantuchova to win her second WTA Tour title.
  • She then decided to dedicate her time and effort to singles tournaments, but her hopes were cut short when she had to pull herself out of the Open GDF Suez tournament in Paris due to a cold shoulder.
  • Kanepi returned from a long injury break from 2016 to 2017.
  • Here Kaia Kanepi won the bredeney Ladies Open in Essen, her opponent, Patty Schnyder, retired from their championship match. 
  • As of January 2022 Kaia Kanepi is ranked No. 115 .

Prize money Earnings

Kaia Kanepi has a decent total of US $7,373,518.

Endorsement and Sponsors

  • For a very long time Kaia Kanepi was sponsored by Infortar, the largest shareholder of Tallink, a major ferry company in the Baltic Sea. 

Net Worth

An estimated worth for Kaia Kanepi as of 2022 is US $125 Million. Now that’s a nice Amount.


  • From 1994 till 2003 Kaia was trained by Tiit Kivistik.
  • From 2003 until autumn of 2007, Kaia was coached by Andrei Luzgin.
  • After Luzgin, Fredrik Loven from Sweden, followed by Pablo Giacopelli until September 2008. 
  • From November 2008 she was coached by Luca Appino. Followed by Mait Kunnap, Silver Karjus, and finally Marten Tamla.