Wimbledon: Kaia Kanepi confident ahead of Laura Robson clash on Court One
Last Updated: 01/07/13 9:17am
Kaia Kanepi: Reached the quarter-finals in 2010
Kaia Kanepi is relishing the prospect of facing Britain's Laura Robson in front of a patriotic home crowd on Court One on Monday.
The pair meet in the last 16 with British hopes high of a first women's quarter-finalist since Joe Durie reached the last eight in 1984.
The hype surrounding Robson was ramped up a level on Saturday after she became the first British woman to reach the fourth round in 15 years.
The 19-year-old from Putney pulled off a remarkable comeback to defeat New Zealander Marina Erakovic in front of a noisy partisan crowd on Court Two.
"I have had this feeling before, like when we played Fed Cup in Belgium. They were all against me then. Sometimes I get more power and fighting spirit if people are against me."
Given Robson's status as the new darling of British tennis, there promises to be a feverish atmosphere on Court One on Monday afternoon.
That would faze some opponents, but Kanepi vowed to thrive under the pressure.
"It's not scary," the Estonian said. "I actually like to play more on the big courts than on the small ones because then I feel like I'm playing a real tennis match.
"I like it. All the crowd will be against me, but I think I'm going to enjoy that.
"I have had this feeling before, like when we played Fed Cup in Belgium. They were all against me then. Sometimes I get more power and fighting spirit if people are against me.
"I think I am playing my best tennis. I'm fitter, I'm faster and I'm more aggressive. I'm not afraid to go in anymore."
Robson has good reason to be wary of the 28-year-old Kanepi ahead of Monday's meeting.
The Estonian is ranked 12 places behind her in the world rankings, but she has reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, beating sixth seed Samantha Stosur before losing to Petra Kvitova in the last eight.
"Kanepi has performed really well here," Robson said of her next opponent. "She has made the quarters before in 2010, and is playing really well at the moment.
"I saw her against Tara Moore in the first round. And I went and watched recordings of all her matches on Saturday evening.
"It is definitely going to be a tough match. I am a long way off and have so many things I need to work on and improve on.
"What I've been working on is just accepting that I'm not going to play great tennis in every match. But I can definitely play better than I did against Erakovic."