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Scoreboard pressure does not faze Lisicki

ESPN staff
July 4, 2013
Agnieszka Radwanska had to stretch to play a shot on the other side of the court © PA Photos

Loving the lob

Marion Bartoli is somewhat ungainly to watch, with a string of interesting mannerisms. She's not everyone's cup of tea, but she does possess real quality. And she demonstrated exactly that with a quite brilliant running lob early on in the second set. She looked completely out of the point, but scampered across the baseline, got under the ball and flicked it over her opponent.

An English lady in the semi-finals

Who said English tennis is struggling? We had a representative in the semi-finals. Sadly, it was not a player but umpire Alison Hughes took charge from the chair of the game between Bartoli and Kirsten Flipkens.

Bartoli's whiff

Bartoli romped to victory over Flipkens, but she had one embarrassing moment in the fourth game of the second set. Shortly after Flipkens had taken a medical timeout, the Belgian got her backhand slice working. She sent a beautiful low ball down the line and it hit the line, checked up off the chalk and resulted in Bartoli completely missing the ball. An old fashion whiff.

Gadget arms

There was almost an embarrassing moment for Agnieszka Radwanska at the start of the match with Sabine Lisicki. A framed return from Lisicki landed just over the net but spun back towards her own side. Radwanska had to reach over the net to play the ball and did so without touching the net.

Lob and volley

The Centre Court crowd were treated to some stellar play by Radwanska and Lisicki, one of the highlights being when Lisicki soaked up some power from Radwanska before flicking a lob over her opponent. Radwanska scampered back and fired the ball down the line, but Lisicki was able to stretch out a racket and hit a volleyed winner.

Double drop

During the second set Lisicki played what looked a great drop short, but Radwanska scampered past the tramline and flicked the ball cross court for a delightful winner.

Scoreboard pressure

Players talk about this in tennis, with serving first and holding in final sets always leaving your opponent on the back foot. But scoreboard pressure was taken to a new level in the final set between Lisicki and Radwanska. With Radwanska serving and Lisicki facing the scoreboard, the German was put off as the scoreboard flickered to suggest a bug in the system. The problem persisted to an extent that the scoreboard had to be turned off.

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