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Wimbledon love for Lisicki as Bartoli gets booed

ESPN staff
July 2, 2013
Marion Bartoli rattled the crowd during her tie © PA Photos

Lisicki in love with Wimbledon

If Sabine Lisicki had the option of residing on Centre Court at Wimbledon, she would snap it up in an instance.

The young German only seems to bring her A-game to the Championships, just ask Serena Williams.

On Thursday, Lisicki will be taking part in her second semi-final at SW19. And her record does not stop there, as in her previous four visits (this year included), she had reached the last-eight or better.

Whether Lisicki leaves Wimbledon as the champion or not, she will want to make sure she does better at the other slams - with her best being only two fourth round encounters at the Australian and US Opens.

But we will let her enjoy her tournament by not harping on that fact.

Bartoli huffs and puffs to get her own way

Any rain delay can be a pain in the backside.

And any rain delay can swing the momentum of a tie, just ask Tim Henman (Goran Ivanisevic and all that).

But in the case of Marion Bartoli, the situation was very different.

Two points from the first set, Bartoli complained about the rain and wanted to come off court, and she vented her feelings towards the court supervisor.

Greeted with a chorus of boos around Court No. 1, Bartoli eventually got her own way as the chair umpire pulled the players off court.

The crowd certainly vented their feelings towards Bartoli.

Lady luck smiling on Li

Perhaps Agnieszka Radwanska walked under a ladder, stepped on a crack in the pavement or even broke a mirror in the morning.

Because whatever the Pole did luck was not on her side.

Yes, there are those who say you make your own luck in this world, but Radwanska was on the receiving end of not one, not two, but three net chords to fall in favour of Li Na.

She managed to win her match though which was the main thing - at the eighth time of asking - and some may say that is the best luck she could have asked for.

Flipkens has Kvitova in a flip

After Petra Kvitova took the first set in her quarter-final with Kirsten Flipkens, she probably fancied her chances against a player that had never previously made it beyond the second round of a grand slam.

How wrong she was.

Flipkens rallied with a remarkable comeback to upset the Czech and continue her fairytale ride into the Wimbledon semi-finals. Her reaction after the winner brought a tear to the eye.

My achy-breaky....serve

We may have already mentioned Bartoli earlier on - but during the second set of her quarter-final with Sloane Stephens, it seemed that neither player wanted to hold their serve.

First Bartoli broke, then Stephens broke...then Bartoli again...then - well, you get the picture.

In fact, the second set provided eight breaks in a row before Stephens ended the rot to level at five games each.

Serving is overrated, anyway...

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