Once she was able to level the final set at 6-6, Petra Kvitova quickly finished out her quarterfinal with Kaia Kanepi, beating the Estonian qualifier 4-6, 7-6(8), 8-6 to make her first career grand slam semifinal.
Except for on Kanepi’s match points, I never lost the feeling that Kvitova was going to win this match. Not only is her game superior to Kanepi’s—her self-belief is as well.
Kvitova has ousted an incredible roster of players to make this final, of which, ironically, Kanepi is the least prestigious. She beat Sorana Cirstea, Zheng Jie, Victoria Azarenka, and Caroline Wozniacki on her way to the quarterfinals, each of whom has previously made a grand slam quarterfinal (or better).
Kvitova will have her hands more than full against Serena Williams in the semifinals, but might be able to catch Williams off guard if Serena believes all the talk about how the title is already hers. Kvitova still won’t win in that event, but she would at least be able to make things significantly more interesting.