Wimbledon 2013 Results: What We Learned from Women's Semifinal Clashes

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Wimbledon 2013 Results: What We Learned from Women's Semifinal Clashes
Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

It's been a wild Wimbledon this year, as numerous top seeds have fallen.

One of the finalists, Sabine Lisicki, has defeated Serena Williams for the first time and reached the Wimbledon final for the first time in this year's tournament.

The other finalist, Marion Bartoli, is hoping to finally claim the trophy after falling short in the 2007 final.

As we wait for the Wimbledon 2013 final on Saturday, let's take a look at what we learned from Lisicki and Bartoli's victories in the semifinals.

 

Sabine Lisicki Has Been the Most Dominant Player at Wimbledon 2013

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Given Marion Bartoli has defeated all six of her opponents in straight sets, a case could be made for her here.

But Lisicki's level of competition thus far trumps Bartoli's by a mile. 

Lisicki has defeated world No. 1 and defending champion Serena Williams at Wimbledon 2013. Beyond that, she just defeated world No. 4 and 2012 finalist Agnieszka Radwanska. The 23-year-old German may have been a so-so 20-12 headed into the All England Club, but she may as well have been undefeated with the way she's played in this tournament.

Lisicki leads the tournament in aces with 39, per the official Wimbledon website. And the fact that she's third in the tournament in break points won shows that her mental game is on par, too. The fact that she defeated Williams for the first time in her career—and had the advantage in break points won over the five-time Wimbledon champ—is a telling sign that she is playing at another level.

 

Bartoli vs. Lisicki Is a Great Matchup

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Power versus power? Lisicki's blistering serve versus Bartoli's whistling groundstrokes on the return?

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Not only does Lisicki lead the tournament in aces, Bartoli ranks sixth in first-serve return points and third in second-serve return points. While Lisicki's serve has been a problem for many a foe so far—including the powerful Serena Williams—Bartoli has the return game and the focus right now to combat that.

Case in point? Karin Knapp and Kirsten Flipkens rank second and third, respectively, in aces this tournament. Knapp notched just two aces against Bartoli. Flipkens registered none.

Lisicki may be the most dominant women's player at Wimbledon 2013 so far, but Bartoli has been unbelievable against some big-time servers. That's a recipe for some mighty clashes between Lisicki and Bartoli in the final.

 

History Matters

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If you needed any more proof, history matters at Wimbledon.

Lisicki had reached the quarterfinals or better three times in four appearances at Wimbledon coming into this year's tournament. That included reaching the semifinals in 2011.

Bartoli reached the final in 2007 and the quarterfinals in 2011.

Both Lisicki (20-12) and Bartoli (14-12) didn't have tremendous records coming into Wimbledon 2013, but they know All England Club: That is what matters.

 

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