Hot streak Kanepi into Wimbledon’s final 8

Kanepi sends one back at Zakopalová at Wimbledon on Monday. Photo by AELTC/Pro Sport.

LONDON — Kaia Kanepi is continuing to turn heads as her dream run at Wimbledon continues.

Her latest victim, Czech Klara Zakopalová had little answers for Kanepi’s game based around her powerful, albeit erratic serve as the Estonian cruised to a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

What is all the more remarkable about Kanepi’s run is that she is still battling back into the top 100 in the world, and had to go through qualifying just to make it into the main draw here at Wimbledon.

Signs of a return to form were evident a fortnight previous to Wimbledon at the AEGON International when she also impressed in her only other grass performance to date this season. On that occasion an almost impossible schedule due to rain, coupled with the fact she had also had to qualify for that tournament were ultimately her undoing.

On the form shown today Kanepi’s odds are considerably shortening but she still needs to reign in her first serve and play with more accuracy if she is still to be playing come the end of the week.

Kanepi’s quarterfinal opponent is another Czech and fellow outsider Petra Kvitová. Falling early in the doubles draw where she played with Latvian Liga Dekmeijere, her attention turned solely to singles where she has shown form just as impressive as Kanepi. Her biggest scalp to date is 3rd seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who she categorically demoralized in the round of 16, 6-2, 6-0.

The quarterfinal match up is perhaps to close to call as both appear in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time. It may simply come down to who can simply hold their nerves the best in front of one of the biggest crowds either have ever played in front of.

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