Wimbledon: Women's quarter-finals preview, Sabine Lisicki back down to business

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 02/07/13 2:24pm

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After the huge shock of Serena Williams being dumped out, the final eight in the women's draw will all fancy their chances of winning Wimbledon when they take to the two show courts for Tuesday's quarter-finals.

Sabine Lisicki may have the toughest task of the day as she has to come down from the emotional high of beating huge favourite Williams to focus on her battle with Estonian Kaia Kanepi, who ended Laura Robson's hopes.

The German will face Kanepi first up on Court One, which will be followed by young American Sloane Stephens going up against former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli of France.

Over on Centre Court, Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska will face Chinese sixth seed Li Na, before 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, the only former winner left in the last eight, clashes with Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.

Few gave 23-year-old Lisicki a chance of toppling Williams, but that result has blown the whole draw wide open, and the world No 24 is now full of confidence ahead of her tie with Kanepi.

"I never played her before," said Lisicki. "My coaches will do some scouting. We'll watch some tapes and get me ready for that match.

""I feel great. I really played four very, very good matches. I think I played better with each match."
Sabine Lisicki

"I feel great. I really played four very, very good matches. I think I played better with each match. I get more and more confident with my strokes, as well as my game.

"I am looking forward to playing again."


With Lisicki a firm fans' favourite, Kanepi will again have the crowd largely against her, but she insisted it was not too bad when she knocked out Robson in front of a home crowd desperate for the Briton to get through.

"I think the crowd wasn't that bad actually," she said. "When she won a point it was a bit louder than normal but they didn't clap when I double-faulted or anything. I think it was really good.

"My serve and baseline game were good and I guess I will have to hit hard in my next match, that's always important on grass."

The winner of Lisicki v Kanepi will face the tougher semi-final with the two top seeds left in the draw awaiting in the last four - Radwanska or Li.

Czech star Kvitova will fancy her chances of returning to the final as the top seed in her half of the draw, but Flipkens proved she can play on grass after beating Flavia Pennetta in the fourth round.

The winner will play either Bartoli or Stephens - the 20-year-old American tipped by Williams as her successor in the years to come.

"That's very nice of her," Stephens said. "I don't know. I have a couple more matches to go till that happens.

"I am just going to go out and play my hardest and see what I can do."

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