Wimbledon: Sabine Lisicki bidding for a first-ever grand slam final appearance

Last Updated: 04/07/13 5:07pm

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Germany's Sabine Lisicki is targeting a first-ever grand slam final appearance when she goes head-to-head with Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals of Wimbledon on Thursday.

The grass-court specialist has already toppled Serena Williams at SW19 this summer and standing in her way of a place of a Grand Slam final is fourth-seed Pole Radwanska.

The 23-year-old reached the final four in 2011 only to lose to Maria Sharapova, who subsequently lost in the final to Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova in straight sets.

"I just feel like I'm hitting the ball well. I'm moving well. And having had the experience in the past, all that together helps me a lot."
Sabine Lisicki

Lisicki is bidding to become the first German woman to feature in the Wimbledon title match since Steffi Graf in 1999 and she hopes to draw on her experience on the big occasion two years ago.

"I know how it is to be in the semis. I know the different atmosphere. Everything is starting to get empty in the locker room. It is a completely different feeling," Lisick said. "I feel much fresher, fitter, better than two years ago.

"I just feel like I'm hitting the ball well. I'm moving well. And having had the experience in the past, all that together helps me a lot."

Rest

Radwanska is the highest women's seed left at Wimbledon and the 2012 runner-up will be the favourite to reach another final despite needing three sets to see off China's Li Na in the quarter-finals.

She has been resting after being troubled by a thigh strain in Tuesday's exhausting victory and the 24-year-old is keen to maintain the feel-good factor surrounding Polish tennis following the progress of Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot in the men's singles.

Thursday's other semi-final on ladies' day sees Kirsten Flipkens, who saw off Kvitova in the quarters, do battle with French 15th seed Marion Bartoli.

This time last year she was ranked a lowly 262 in the world after blood clots in her left ankle forced her to take several months off and she is relishing the prospect of being in the Wimbledon final.

"Last year I didn't get into the qualifying of Wimbledon. I was ranked 262; today I'm a semi-finalist in a grand slam," said Flipkens. "It's more than a dream. There's no words. I never expected this to happen in my life."

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