The ladies took center stage at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships on Tuesday, as Centre Court and Court No. 1 served as the battleground for the ladies' singles quarterfinals.
Agnieszka Radwanska and Sabine Lisicki both advanced to the semifinals in the day's early matches, while Marion Bartoli and Kirsten Flipkens prevailed later in the day following a lengthy rain delay.
Meanwhile, the Americans lost their final hope as 20-year-old Sloane Stephens bowed out.
Here we'll get you up to speed on how the action unfolded on Day 8 at Wimbledon.
Day 8 Scores
|Ladies' Singles Quarterfinals||Score|
|Agnieszka Radwanska (4) defeats Li Na (6)||7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2|
|Kirsten Flipkens (20) defeats Petra Kvitova (8)||4-6, 6-3, 6-4|
|Marion Bartoli (15) defeats Sloane Stephens (17)||6-4, 7-5|
|Sabine Lisicki (23) defeats Kaia Kanepi||6-3, 6-3|
Quarterfinal Matches Delayed by Rain
Rain showers halted play for over two hours on Court No. 1 at Wimbledon on Tuesday afternoon, delaying one of the day's most anticipated quarterfinal showdowns between American Sloane Stephens and France's Marion Bartoli.
Officials suspended play on both courts at the All England Club before closing the roof above Centre Court, via the tournament's Twitter handle:
Play resumed on Court No. 1 at around 6 p.m. local time.
Last American Sloane Stephens Falls to Marion Bartoli
The last remaining American in the singles draw at Wimbledon lost on Tuesday as Sloane Stephens was bounced from the quarterfinals in straight sets by 2007 finalist Marion Bartoli.
The 17th-seeded American played well in the opening set before rain forced a lengthy delay. The break in action seemed to hurt Stephens, who was broken to end the set shortly after play resumed.
In the second set, Stephens' serve let her down as she won just 5-of-26 service points in the frame.
But Bartoli wasn't much better, as the players traded breaks back and forth.
After finally holding serve to knot the second set up at five games apiece, Stephens faded and Bartoli got stronger. The Frenchwoman would win the last two games to wrap up the straight-sets win.
Sabine Lisicki Keeps Rolling
One day after shocking Serena Williams in the round of 16, 23-year-old Sabine Lisicki dominated unseeded challenger Kaia Kanepi in the quarterfinals, winning 79 percent of her first-serve points and 48 percent of her receiving points to earn a straight-sets victory.
The match lasted just over an hour, and the outcome was never in doubt.
Lisicki is now back in the semifinals at Wimbledon for the second time in three years. She reached the semis as a wild card back in 2011 before losing to Maria Sharapova. Lisicki said that experience gained at the All England Club over the past few years has paid off, via the Wimbledon Twitter feed:
Up next, Lisicki will square off against 2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska on Thursday for a spot in Saturday's ladies' final.
Agnieszka Radwanska Fends Off Li Na in Three Sets
Agnieszka Radwanska is now just one win away from returning to the Wimbledon final this summer after topping China's Li Na on Centre Court on Tuesday afternoon.
Radwanska eliminates Li 7-6, 4-6, 6-2. Radwanska faces Lisicki on Thursday in the Ladies Semifinals pic.twitter.com/ncUm4UMrmI— ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) July 2, 2013
Radwanska and Li battled back and forth in the opening set, each player breaking the other twice before heading to a tiebreak.
Radwanska edged Li 7-5 in the breaker to take a one-set-to-love lead.
Then, leading 4-2 in the second set, the 24-year-old Pole looked to be headed to a straight-sets win before Li stormed back, going two-for-two on break-point chances to win the last four games of the set and take the frame 6-4.
Radwanska quickly seized momentum at the start of the third set, picking up an early break to take a commanding lead before play was delayed by rain showers that forced officials to close the roof above Centre Court.
After play resumed, Li was broken again and fell into a massive hole that she wasn't able to climb out of. After Li fought off seven match points, Radwanska finally put her away to advance to the semifinals for the second straight year at Wimbledon.
Kirsten Flipkens Reaches Semis at Wimbledon for First Time
Twenty-seven-year-old Belgian Kirsten Flipkens was flying under the radar coming into the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, but she won't be able to sneak up on anyone else after fighting back to beat 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in three sets on Tuesday.
Kvitova came out much more aggressive in the first set, recording 20 winners and 13 unforced errors compared to six and one respectively for Flipkens. Despite being broken once, Kvitova won both of her break point chances to take the set 6-4.
In the final two sets, Flipkens picked up her serve and started giving Kvitova trouble. The former champion appeared to be battling a temperature as well, though, via the Wimbledon Twitter feed:
After winning 45 percent of her receiving points in the opening set, Kvitova was able to win just 23 percent in the second set (which she lost 6-3) and 31 percent in the final set.
She would go on to lose 6-4 in the final frame, coming up short in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the second straight year.
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