Qualifier Kanepi on the brink of shock semi-final spot

London: Estonian Kaia Kanepi is ranked only 80th in the world and had to battle her way through the qualifying competition. Now only unseeded Petra Kvitova stands between her and a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Kanepi provided the shock of the first round when she knocked out Australia’s French Open runner-up Samantha Stosur and has since ghosted into the quarter-finals without dropping a set.

“Kanepi is playing very well right now,” said Tuesday’s opponent Kvitova, who upset third seed Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round.

“We have already played three times. Two I lost and one I won. So we will see. It will be a tough match, but it’s an open match.”

Number one seed Serena Williams returns to Centre Court on Tuesday to face China’s Li Na after reversing her 2004 final defeat to Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.

“I think she gives everyone a run for their money,” Serena said of her quarter-final opponent. “She’s such a tough player. She never gives up. Right when you have her, she comes back. She’s a player you cannot count out.”

In the day’s other quarter-final match-ups, Serena’s sister Venus plays 22-year-old Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova while Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, fresh from victory over compatriot Justine Henin, plays 21st seed Vera Zvonareva.

Bureau Report

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