Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Sabine Lisicki: Dissecting Semifinals Clash in London

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 4, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02:  Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland blows a kiss to the crowd as she celebrates victory during the Ladies' Singles quarter-final match against Na Li of China on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 2, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
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Agnieszka Radwanska and Sabine Lisicki advanced to the semifinals of Wimbledon 2013 on Tuesday, setting up an electric matchup at the All England Club.

In what should be a nail-biter, there is a lot to like about each competitor, whether it be their recent play or success at Wimbledon.

Radwanska is the No. 4 seed this year, while Lisicki is the No. 23 seed. Let's take a look at how each compare.

 

Head-to-Head

Radwanska and Lisicki have split their two matchups. Radwanska won in Dubai last year, while Lisicki won in Stanford in 2011.

Radwanska defeated Lisicki in convincing fashion last year—6-2, 6-1—en route to a title in Dubai. She lost to Lisicki in three sets in Stanford, 6-7, 6-2, 2-6.

In Radwanska's victory over Lisicki in Dubai, she won 71 percent of first-serve points, 60 percent of second-serve points, 54 percent of first-serve return points and 65 percent of second-serve return points, via WTATennis.com. Lisicki also notched five double faults in that match.

 

Wimbledon Success

Both Radwanska and Lisicki have a history of relative success at Wimbledon.

Radwanska reached the final last year and Lisicki reached the semifinals in 2011. Both have made it to at least the quarterfinals three times in their careers.

It's no surprise that either is doing well at the All England Club this year, in that regard. Both have shown they can play well on grass.

 

Wimbledon 2013 Performance

Radwanska is coming off a three-set victory over No. 6 seed Li Na. The 2012 Wimbledon finalist has taken care of business, but has needed three sets to do so against her last three opponents.

As for Lisicki, two of her matches went three sets. Of course, those matches were against No. 14 seed Samantha Stosur and world No. 1 Serena Williams.

Before the victory over Williams, Lisicki was 0-2 against the 31-year-old veteran (although she had to retire in Charleston last year). Her glorious win over Williams has many thinking she will win Wimbledon this year.

So far, Lisicki's serve has helped her power through to the semifinals (big surprise). She ranks fifth in the tournament in aces, with 30 in five matches, per Wimbledon.com. She notched a whopping 10 aces against Williams in the fourth round.

Radwanska, of course, is basically the exact opposite of Lisicki. She doesn't have a powerful serve and she doesn't exhibit great strength in her groundstrokes.

That being said, Radwanska's return game suits her well against Lisicki. That was evident in the pair's last matchup in Dubai. According to Wimbledon.com, Radwanska has won a tournament-high 113 first-serve return points and 94 second-serve return points in this year's tournament.

 

Verdict

This match is all about Lisicki's serve versus Radwanska's return game and whether Radwanska can place her shots well enough to overcome Lisicki's power. Radwanska certainly isn't the kind of player who powers through her opponents.

Normally, I would take Radwanska over Lisicki, but Lisicki's spectacular outing against the all-powerful Williams—combined with her straight-set victory over Kaia Kanepi—shows she's not only in a groove right now, she's taking each opponent very seriously. Her focus is tremendous right now.

Prediction: Lisicki 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

 

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