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Wimbledon Saturday: Sam Meets Sabine

Samantha Stosur's takes on Sabine Lisicki on Centre looking to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon for the very first time in her career.

Published June 28, 2013 12:01

Wimbledon Saturday: Sam Meets Sabine
Samantha Stosur

LONDON, England - The third round draws to a close on Saturday, with Samantha Stosur's clash with Sabine Lisicki the pick of the action in the top half of the draw.

Saturday, Third Round

Centre Court
[14] Samantha Stosur (AUS #13) vs. [23] Sabine Lisicki (GER #24)
Head-to-head:
Stosur leads 4-1
Two years ago, Samantha Stosur and Sabine Lisicki partnered one another to a runner-up finish in the doubles. On Saturday, they will share the court again, this time with a fourth round spot in the singles on the line. Lisicki owns one of the most imposing serves on tour and this, allied with her big forehand, has propelled her to two quarterfinals and one semifinal on her past three Wimbledon appearances.

Stosur's relationship with the All-England Club has not been quite so enjoyable; prior to this year, in 11 previous visits she had won six matches and reached the third round on just one occasion. The Australian has defeated Lisicki in their two prior grass court meetings and has been terrific at the net in her two straight set wins thus far, winning 31 of 38 points in the forecourt.

No.2 Court
Laura Robson (GBR #38) vs. Marina Erakovic (NZL #71)
Head-to-head:
Erakovic leads 1-0
Out on Court No.2, Laura Robson bids to become the first British player to reach the last 16 at SW19 since Sam Smith in 1998. If she is to do that, though, she will have to get past her friend and fellow WTA muso Marina Erakovic first.

Erakovic is also looking to break new ground by reaching the fourth round of a major for the very first time. She was impressive in knocking out the No.24 seed Peng Shuai in the last round and will draw further confidence from her win in her only career meeting with the Brit, on the grass of Birmingham 12 months ago.

No.3 Court
[4] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL #4) vs. Madison Keys (USA #52)
Head-to-head:
 Radwanska leads 1-0
Madison Keys' only previous career meeting with Agnieszka Radwanska came last year in Miami and ended in a 61 61 defeat. While the Pole admitted her memory of the occasion was hazy in her post-match interview on Thursday, Keys' recollection of the defeat is crystal clear and driving her to set the record straight in Saturday's rematch.

Over the opening few rounds Keys' has garnered plenty of admiring glances, dispatching home favorite Heather Watson and No.30 seed Mona Barthel with minimal fuss. Last year's runner-up Radwanska has been similarly efficient in her progress and her greater grass court nous and experience - this will be her sixth third round appearance - ensures she starts as heavy favorite.

Also on court...
Petra Kvitova and Ekaterina Makarova resume their third round encounter after bad light stopped play on Friday evening. Also looking to advance are defending champion Serena Williams and Li Na, who take on Kimiko Date-Krumm and Klara Zakopalova, respectively.

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