Sabine Lisicki breezed past Kaia Kanepi to become the first player to reach the semi-final stage at Wimbledon this year.

Lisicki put in an accomplished performance against Kaia Kanepi, who ended British hopes by putting out Laura Robson yesterday, and won the match 6-3, 6-3 in just over an hour.

Lisicki had thrilled the SW19 crowd yesterday in her win against Serena Williams in a game that had twists and turns aplenty, but the 23rd seed’s route to the final today was far less dramatic.

She took a break in Kanepi’s first service game of the match and never looked back, showing great power and consistency in her shots.

Meanwhile, Kanepi seemed a little more error prone than she had against Robson yesterday and was struggling to cope with her higher ranked opponents serve.

Lisicki ended up taking the first set 6-3, breaking Kanepi again in the final game of the set, and it wasn’t long before she was in-front during the second set, as she stepped her game up to move 5-2 in-front.

Kanepi did make the German serve out, but the 23-year-old showed no signs of nerves as she polished off an accomplished performance to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the second time in her career.

After the match Lisicki said: "With the experience I've had the last three times playing in the quarters it helped a lot.

"I had great challenges on the way to the semis so I think that made me more ready for the semis.

"It's so great to have the crowd behind me here, it's what I want."


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