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Lisicki Continues To Shine In SW19

Last year's runner-up Sabine Lisicki took her place in the fourth round of Wimbledon after finally winning her stop-start encounter with Ana Ivanovic.

Published June 30, 2014 12:13

Lisicki Continues To Shine In SW19
Ana Ivanovic, Sabine Lisicki

LONDON, England - Last year's runner-up Sabine Lisicki took her place in the fourth round of Wimbledon after finally winning her stop-start encounter with Ana Ivanovic.

The Plot
There is something about the well-manicured lawns of the All-England Club that brings out the best in Lisicki. On her past three visits to south-west London, the German has lasted well into the second week, beating a who's who of the women's game in the process. Despite an indifferent run of form heading into the tournament, she has continued this love affair in 2014 as she eased through the first few rounds.

She made a bright start - in gloomy conditions - to her eagerly anticipated third round with Ivanovic, winning a close first set before darkness brought play to a halt.

The Turning Point
The contest suffered another interruption shortly after its resumption, but not before Ivanovic had built a healthy second set lead. When the rain cleared and they returned for a third bite at the cherry, Ivanovic held to love to force a decider.

However, the Serb was unable to build on this momentum, as she was blown away by a flurry of winners. Lisicki earned a triple break point in the second game, and though Ivanovic staved off the danger, the reprieve was only temporary. A drilled diagonal forehand brought a fourth chance, which she converted when Ivanovic ballooned a backhand over the baseline.

A tremendous running forehand brought an insurance break, successive aces wrapping up a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory soon after.

Quotes
"I think it was a good match," Lisicki said. "She's such a good player and was playing so well at the start. Then the rain came and when we came back out I played a lot better in the third set.

"The crowd knows my story here. I came here as a young girl and I came back from injury. It's a big story with Wimbledon. I love the support that I'm getting here. It's so much more enjoyable."

What's Next
Lisicki's reward for her upset win is a meeting with Yaroslava Shvedova, who advanced when Madison Keys retired with an adductor strain.

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