Wimbledon: Serena conqueror Sabine Lisicki confident of Kaia Kanepi victory
Last Updated: July 2, 2013 1:02pm
Sabine Lisicki: Wimbledon quarter-finalist for a fourth time
Sabine Lisicki has warned quarter-final opponent Kaia Kanepi after dumping overwhelming favourite Serena Williams out of Wimbledon.
Five times a champion at the All England Club and on a 34-match winning streak, Williams had been heavily tipped for a sixth title even before predicted challengers Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka made early exits.
But Lisicki, ranked 24 in the world, prolonged this year's theme of shock defeats and fallen seeds with with a 6-2 1-6 6-4 victory on Centre Court.
She faces Estonia's Kanepi, Laura Robson's conqueror on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after ending the defending champion's tournament but, still flush from adrenaline, is in bullish mood.
"I've never played her before," the German said of Kanepi. "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. I get more and more confident with my strokes, as well as my game. I am looking forward to playing again."
Whoever wins this afternoon's duel will face a tough semi-final against either fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska or sixth seed Li Na.
They are followed onto Centre Court by 2011 champion Petra Kvitova and Kirsten Flipkens.
Czech Kvitova beat Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 yesterday and Belgian Flipkens won by a near identical margin, 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.
Their potential semi-final opponents are Marion Bartoli and Sloane Stephens, who received an endorsement from outgoing champion Williams.
The only American left in the Wimbledon singles, the 20-year-old overcame Monica Puig 4-6 7-5 6-1 and was tipped by the world No 1 as her potential
"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."