- Wimbledon, Day 10 Plays of the Day
Scoreboard pressure does not faze Lisicki
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 whiffBartoli 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 armsThere 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 volleyThe 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 dropDuring 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.