Lisicki squeezes past Shvedova into Wimbledon quarterfinals

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Sabine LisickiIt was an up-and-down fourth-round Wimbledon match featuring a questionable gamesmanship moment when Sabine Lisicki took a medical timeout while her opponent Yaroslava Shvedova had a break point at 1-1 in the decider and the German eventually came out as the winner, 6-3 3-6 6-4.

Despite eight double faults to her opponent’s none (both had no aces), the 19th-seeded Lisicki took the first set. In the second set the unseeded Shvedova had points for a 4-0 lead, but Lisicki managed to get back on serve and approached her opponent by winning three straight games. Still, the German’s revival was short-lived, as a drop of serve followed and, leading 5-3, Shvedova served it out in the ninth game of the set. Lisicki won 0% on her second serve in the second set!

Remember, two years ago at Wimbledon Shvedova became the first player in WTA history who managed to win a set without losing a point? The set lasted only 15 minutes! Her opponent was Sara Errani.

The decider featured a controversial situation when Lisicki called the trainer with Shvedova holding a break point at 3-6 6-3 1-1 Ad and came out after her mid-game medical timeout with three straight points won off Shvedova errors. Serving to lead 4-1, Lisicki dropped serve and it was 3-2 instead. In the following game Shvedova managed to level to 3-3. Two games later Lisicki broke Shvedova again and served for the match at 5-3 and even though Shvedova broke back to stay in the match, Lisicki broke again for the triumph.

Lisicki’s next opponent will be the highest seed left at the tournament, No.3 Simona Halep, who cruised into the quarterfinals with a 6-3 6-0 victory over Zarina Diyas. This is the Romanian’s third straight Grand Slam quarterfinal. Lisicki has reached at least the quarterfinals of Wimbledon since 2009. (photo: Jimmie48)



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