Wimbledon 2013 – women’s semis promise drama


Sabine Lisicki is favourite to lift the Wimbledon 2013 women’s singles title but in reality it could quite easily be any one of the remaining four that is triumphant on Satruday.

The 23rd seed will take on the highest ranked player left in the draw, fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, in the second match of the semis on Centre Court.

The Pole was runner-up to Serena Williams in 2012 and will see this year as her biggest opportunity to finally win a Grand Slam title.

However, Lisicki is in the form of her life after knocking out the defending champions and Radwanska’s incredible consistency may not be enough to prevail if the German is serving and returning as well has she has over the last two matches.

Lisicki v Radwanska is expected to get going at around 3pm as the first semi-final will get underway at 1pm.

2007 runner-up Marion Bartoli will be hoping she can go one better this year, but will probably have to do it without any crowd support as her opponent is in the midst of a true underdog story that Centre Court love to get behind.

Flipkens played some terrifically varied tennis to shock 2011 champion Petra Kvitova in the quarter-finals and she will believe she has a genuine chance of overcoming the 15th seed from France on Thursday.

The Belgian is seeded 20th at the Championships but this time last year she was ranked 262 in the world and was overcoming serious health issues and had been dropped from the Belgian tennis federation.

Four-time Grand Slam champions Kim Clijsters started coaching her she received some financial help from a wealthy Belgian businessman, all of which saw her career turned around.

Centre Coourt will want to see a fairy-tale but Bartoli will not be fussed by that, having won her quarter-final against Sloane Stephens after complaining about light rain turned the crowd against her.

The Wimbledon 2013 women’s singles final line-up will be as difficult to predict as it has been for many a year, though such evenly matches semi-finals will make sure the pair that do make it certainly earned it.

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