Although the ladies' semifinals featured some surprising names, the level of play at Wimbledon was as good as ever on Day 10.
As crazy as the men's draw at Wimbledon has been, the women's side is even more surprising. Without the three biggest stars (Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka), there's been plenty of opportunity for lesser-known players to step up.
That is exactly what happened Thursday, as Marion Bartoli and Sabine Lisicki played well enough to advance to the finals of this prestigious event. Of course, the two had varied degrees of difficulty in their semifinal matches.
Still, both competitors have been fantastic throughout the tournament, and they have earned the right to compete Saturday for their first career Grand Slam title.
Day 10 Scores
|Ladies' Singles Semifinals||Score|
|No. 15 Marion Bartoli def. No. 20 Kirsten Flipkens ||6-1, 6-2|
|No. 23 Sabine Lisicki def. No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska||6-4, 2-6, 9-7|
Marion Bartoli Dominates in Semifinals
While Marion Bartoli has had success in her career at Wimbledon, including a finals appearance in 2007, few expected this strong a performance from the veteran.
The No. 15 seed has cruised through the competition to this point, and the semifinals match against Kirsten Flipkens was her easiest victory of the tournament.
Bartoli won 6-1, 6-2 in only 62 total minutes and was barely challenged. Her serve was working as well as ever with a 78 percent success rate on her first serve to go with a tournament-best five aces.
She was quite impressive all around the court, even winning all 11 points when she approached the net.
As the Wimbledon Twitter account notes, Flipkens had no answers in the match:
This has been an amazing tournament from start to finish for Bartoli. ESPN Tennis provided a look at how good her run to the finals has been:
Although she has not faced anyone ranked higher than her, this is still a run for the ages. If she continues to perform the way she has to this point, she is certainly capable of winning the title.
Sabine Lisicki Completes Another Comeback
When Sabine Lisicki defeated Serena Williams in the fourth round, many thought it was a fluke. However, the young player has proved that she is for real by advancing to the final.
Of course, this performance was very similar to her showing against the No. 1 player in the world. In that match, she posted a big win in the first set before a poor effort in the second set. Lisicki fell behind 0-3 in the third set before coming back to win.
Against Agnieszka Radwanska, the German split the opening sets 6-4, 2-6 and then once again fell behind 0-3 in the decisive third set. However, her determination was once again on display as she gutted out an impressive 9-7 win in the final set to win the match.
After the match, she explained her thought process when she was behind:
If we have learned anything in this tournament, it is to never count Lisicki out until the match is over.
ESPN Tennis also had this impressive stat, showing how much she steps up her game when she needs to:
For Radwanska, this is a disappointing loss after coming so close once again to winning a title. She reached the finals last year at Wimbledon and appeared poised to win it all this time around with all of the higher seeds knocked out.
Unfortunately, she will have to watch this year's final from afar as Lisicki takes on Bartoli.
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