Germany’s comeback queen has done it again. In the fourth round, No. 23 Sabine Lisicki came back from an 0-3 hole in the third set against Serena Williams to oust the top-seeded American. In the semifinals, she scored her second top five upset in the tournament by again climbing back from an 0-3 deficit in the deciding set to beat No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 9-7, in a highly entertaining match full of shot-making and drama.
A Wimbledon finalist last year, Radwanska appeared to be running away with the match after breaking Lisicki in the second set and building a break-lead in the third set. However, Lisicki came storming back with her powerful brand of hitting to give herself the opportunity to serve for the match at 5-4 in the third set. Radwanska broke her easily with a focused, crafty game, but she just couldn’t find a way to break Lisicki’s booming serve down the stretch. With a second chance to serve for the match, Lisicki made no mistakes. She fired a forehand winner on match point and collapsed to the ground in tears.
The 23-year-old becomes the first German to reach the Wimbledon final since seven-time champion Steffi Graf in 1999.
Lisicki will face Marion Bartoli, who defeated Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-2 in the first semifinal.