After dropping six straight games in the first set and being two points away from elimination in the second set, Kaia Kanepi showed solid form in the decisive set and advanced to the third round at Wimbledon, beating Germany's Angelique Kerber, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3.
Kanepi seemed to lose focus in the drizzly meeting after being up 3-0 in the first but regrouped in the dead-even second, where both players held serve right up to the tiebreaker. There Kanepi was down 5-3, then exploded, with a serie.s of successful volleys and a service winner to ice the second set, 8-6 in the tiebreak.
She broke Kerber's serve twice in the third set, where she looked significantly more solid than she had earlier, and appearing to faze Kerber, who threw her racket several times.
Kanepi will play Allison Riske (US, 126th) in the third round.