Stills From SW19: The Semifinals
Look back at Semifinals Day at Wimbledon - Marion Bartoli's incredible performance against Kirsten Flipkens and Sabine Lisicki's very dramatic victory against Agnieszka Radwanska.
Published July 05, 2013 12:00
The first semifinal on Semifinals Day was a first-time meeting between a pair of WTA veterans.
Marion Bartoli took on Kirsten Flipkens for the first spot in the final of The Championships.
Flipkens searched for answers but Bartoli's power game was just too strong for her on the day.
Bartoli needed just over an hour to dismiss first-time Grand Slam semifinalist Flipkens, 61 62.
Bartoli moved through to her second Grand Slam final, having been a finalist right here in 2007.
Both players are in the lower range of the Top 20 - Flipkens right at No.20, Bartoli at No.15.
Bartoli is now one step away from her first major - she lost to Venus Williams in that 2007 final.
The second semifinal was another stark contrast of styles, crafty all-court player against power.
Sabine Lisicki is the second-fastest server of the year and fifth-fastest server of all time.
Agnieszka Radwanska is known as one of the most talented players around on the tour right now.
But there were some Lisicki blasts even she couldn't get to without a little help from a catapult.
The World No.4 won six straight games mid-match but would still go deep into the third with Lisicki.
With one last forehand winner, Lisicki closed out a 64 26 97 victory against the Polish star.
Lisicki squeaked into her first Grand Slam final - the first German Grand Slam finalist in 14 years.
Radwanska left the court. The last German to reach a Grand Slam final was Steffi Graf here in 1999.