Few considered the chances of a career journeyman like laughing, lovable Lucie Safarova. But here she is, 27, playing in her first Slam semifinal. She'll take on fellow Czech and friend, Petra Kvitova.
The two emerged from the bottom draw, which featured three Czechs in the quarterfinals. The matchup pits a Wimbledon champion against a woman trying to become this year's Marion Bartoli.
Meanwhile, Kvitova will try to become the only active player on the WTA Tour, other than Serena and Venus Williams, to hold two Wimbledon titles.