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Germany's Sabine Lisicki returns to France's Marion Bartoli.
Germany's Sabine Lisicki returns to France's Marion Bartoli.
Image: (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Lisicki tops Bartoli to reach Wimbledon semi-finals

Lisicki is only the second wild-card entry to reach the women’s semi-finals at the All England club.
Jun 28th 2011, 4:09 PM 601 5

SABINE LISICKI REACHED her first Grand Slam semi-final, beating 2007 finalist Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1 today under the Centre Court roof on another wet day at Wimbledon.

Lisicki is only the second wild-card entry to reach the women’s semifinals at Wimbledon.

With heavy rain pelting the retractable white roof, Lisicki used her drop shot to perfection in the first two sets.

The German served for the match at 5-4 in the second and held three match points, but Bartoli saved them all. On the second, Lisicki went to her go-to drop shot but put it into the net.

Bartoli, seeded ninth, eventually broke back when Lisicki double-faulted for the first time, and then won the tiebreaker.

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- AP

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