Lisicki won't suffer hangover after Serena shocker
LONDON - Agence France-Presse
Sabine Lisicki of Germany reacts after beating Serena Williams of the United States in a Women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, July 1, 2013. AP photoSabine Lisicki insists there is no chance complacency will ruin her dream of a first Wimbledon title as the German looks to follow her stunning win over Serena Williams with more success in the quarterfinals yesterday.
Lisicki booked her fourth appearance in the last eight with the performance of a lifetime as the 23rd seed ended Williams’s reign as Wimbledon champion with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 victory on June1.
The 23-year-old’s epic triumph was the latest in a series of unlikely wins for the underdogs at the All England Club this year.
Williams followed second seed Victoria Azarenka and world number three Maria Sharapova out of the tournament, leaving it wide open for a relatively unheralded player like Lisicki to take the crown.
Lisicki, who reached the semifinals in 2011 but has never been past the fourth round at any other Grand Slam, is determined not to rest on her laurels against Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi as she eyes a place in the last four.
“It feels very good. Obviously I went into the match feeling that I could win,” she said. “I played very good in the first three matches and I felt ready for this match. “I found my rhythm again. I hope I can keep it up. I’m already focused for tomorrow.” Kanepi shattered Britain’s dreams of a first woman in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for 29 years, beating unseeded Laura Robson 7-6 (8/6), 7-5.