03 Jul 2013

First-time winner guaranteed at Wimbledon

Match Report

Photo: Paul ZimmerKirsten Flipkens (BEL)

The women's singles semifinals have taken shape at Wimbledon 2013 and we now know that there will be a new name on the Venus Rosewater dish come Saturday afternoon.

Agnieszka Radwanska and Marion Bartoli are the only semifinalists to have competed in the Wimbledon final before, while Kirsten Flipkens and Sabine Lisicki are both looking to reach their first Grand Slam denouement.

Polish No. 4 seed Radwanska came through a thrilling, rain-interrupted encounter against Li Na on Court No. 1 on Tuesday.

The match could have been oh so different as Li served for the opening set. The Chinese fired down a first serve ace only for it to be adjudged out. She did not, however, challenge the call and Hawkeye proved that the ball did indeed clip the line. With Li winning the second set, that error could have meant she reached the semifinals.

When asked why she didn't challenge the call, the amiable Chinese said: "Maybe I will challenge it next time. I mean, it's very tough to say because on the court you couldn't think too much. You know, when maybe I was play on the court you guys was sitting like out of the court, so maybe you can see more clear?"

As it is Radwanska emerged a 76(5) 46 62 winner to remain on course to reach back-to-back Wimbledon finals after finishing runner-up last year.

She will play in-form Sabine Lisicki on Thursday after the German backed up her defeat of Serena Williams in the fourth round with a straight sets win over Kaia Kanepi 63 63.

In the other half of the draw, Marion Bartoli and Kirsten Flipkens will do battle for a place in Saturday's showpiece after the former did away with Sloane Stephens 64 75 and the latter ousted 2011 champion Petra Kvitova 46 63 64.

For Bartoli it's a second Wimbledon semifinal six years after her first appearance in the last four at the All England Club. In 2007 she went on to finish runner-up.

For Flipkens it's a first-ever Grand Slam semifinal appearance and the culmination of the best year of her career thus far.

The Belgian has very much lived in the shadow of countrywomen Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters but 10 years after winning the junior crown at Wimbledon she is back playing some of her best tennis and will be a force to be reckoned with on the grass of Centre Court.

The International Tennis Federation provides men's information to the media at Grand Slam events. For a full list of this year's notes click here.