Kaia Kanepi, also known as the Tall One from Tallinn, beat Klara Zakopalova, 6-2, 6-4, to continue her great run on grass and advance to the quarterfinals. She won despite serving at only 52 percent, stepping up her return game to beat the Czech, who looked tentative on big points. Kanepi, by contrast, won six of nine break points in a match that was a huge opportunity for both players.
For Kanepi, who won three matches at Roehampton to qualify, this was her 14th match on grass in the last three weeks. She qualified at Birmingham, then advanced to the quarterfinals, where she lost to Li Na, the eventual champion. At Roehampton, she advanced easily, but the grass court matches have obviously helped her. In the first round, she upset the French Open runner-up Samantha Stosur, 6-4, 6-4, out-serving Stosur and holding her nerve beautifully to win.
She plays Petra Kvitova, who handily beat Caroline Wozniacki, for a spot in the Wimbledon semifinals.