The Wimbledon semi-finals have been decided for the ladies half of the Grand Slam after a crazy tournament so far which has seen many shocks and unfortunately, pull-outs in the competition. This year the trend of the Wimbledon Championships has been the lower ranked players surprising the crowd by defeating the top seeded players. It’s been happening in both the men’s part of the competition and the women’s part, but the biggest shock for the women was in the fourth round.
The fourth round threw up a massive shock in what was considered to be the greatest victories of Sabine Lisicki’s career when she managed to overcome the dominating woman of the WTA, Serena Williams. The world number one fell to her knees in shock whilst her opponent, Lisicki, also fell to her knees, but in tears of joy. That was the big upset as Lisicki then carried on to defeat Kaia Kanepi in the quarter-finals to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals, where she is set to play the now highest seed, Agnieszka Radwanska.
Agnieszka Radwanska reached the Wimbledon semi-finals with a lengthy, but confident victory over the sixth seed, Li Na, 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-2. The match between Radwanska and Lisicki is set to be a great one with two wonderful players clashing in hope to reach the final. However, even though Lisicki is ranked much lower, 20 places lower than Radwanska, she does have the upper-hand of her opponent being slightly hurt. The world number four had to have attention on her thigh during the quarter-final, so she might not play up to her top standard.
In the other quarter-finals, Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli defeated Sloane Stephens 6-4 6-4 whilst 20th seed Kirsten Flipkens caused yet another upset as she managed to conquer the 2011 champion Petra Kvitova 6-4 3-6 6-4. Flipkens was only ranked at 262 in the world last year as she was out injured for most of the season, but now she sees herself in the Wimbledon semi-finals which must seem surreal for the underdog of the tournament.
The fourth seed, who is now the highest seed after Sharapova, Azarenka and Williams all exited earlier than planned, admitted after reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals, “I’m very happy to have got through, and even when I was struggling a little bit in the third set. I’m very, very happy to be in the semi-finals.” Then when asked about her thigh injury, the Polish world number four answered, “Too much tennis the last few days, that’s why I was struggling with that, but I think it’s a good problem to have. I’m just going to keep going and try my best in the semi-finals.
The Ladies Wimbledon semi-finals:
Sabine Lisicki v Agnieszka Radwanska
Marion Bartoli v Kirsten Flipkens
Author Daniel Foster.
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