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Lisicki into Wimbledon semis

02 July 2013, 15:05

London - Sabine Lisicki swept into the Wimbledon semi-finals on Tuesday as the German followed her sensational upset of Serena Williams with an emphatic 6-3, 6-3 victory over Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.

Lisicki, seeded 23rd, will play Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska or Chinese sixth seed Li Na for a place in her first Grand Slam final.

The 23-year-old has never made it past the fourth round at any other Grand Slam, but she comes alive on Wimbledon's grass courts, where her 18-4 record and four last-eight appearances is a stark contrast to a 16-15 mark at the other majors.

Her previous best run at the All England Club ended in a semi-final defeat to Maria Sharapova in 2011.

Now the big-serving Lisicki has a chance to finally reach her first Grand Slam final and become the first German woman to feature in the Wimbledon final since Steffi Graf in 1999.

"I'm very happy. It was an amazing match yesterday so I had to make sure I calmed down quickly for today," Lisicki said.

"The experience I had in the other quarter-finals at Wimbledon helped me a lot.

"I had great challenges here this year and that made me even more ready for this match.

"There's no pressure. It's a game I love so much and I want to keep it that way."

Steve Darcis, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Michelle Larcher De Brito, the respective conquerers of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Sharapova last week, had all crashed out in their next matches after those Wimbledon shockers.

But Lisicki, who had less than 24 hours to recover after her epic triumph against Williams, avoided the same fate with another commanding display.

She hit 23 winners to just 13 from Kanepi and cruised to victory in only 65 minutes on Court One.

Lisicki established her power game from the baseline and broke in the opening game.

At 46 in the world, Kanepi was the lowest ranked woman left in the tournament.

The 28-year-old had lost all four of her previous Grand Slam quarter-finals, including a tough three-set defeat against Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon in 2010, and this was to prove another dispiriting experience.

Lisicki had far more panache than Kanepi and the German's delicate touch was pivotal as she broke at 5-3 to seal the set.

After struggling in the first set, Kanepi suddenly had a lifeline when a sloppy service game from Lisicki gave her a 2-1 lead.

Yet Lisicki hit straight back thanks to a Kanepi double fault on break point.

A series of searing returns left Kanepi reeling as the German broke again for a 4-2 lead and she closed out the win on her third match point.



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