Sabine Lisicki, Marion Bartoli Reach Wimbledon 2013 Ladies Singles Final

Sabine Lisicki (click to enlarge)

It will be a contest of contrasting styles in the Wimbledon 2013 Ladies Singles Final as the irresistible force of Sabine Lisicki’s serve will challenge the immovable object of Marion Bartoli’s return game. To punch her ticket to the final, Sabine survived one of the best women’s semifinal matches in recent memory against 4th seeded Agnieszka Radwanska. The match followed a similar pattern as Lisicki’s upset of top seed and defending champion, Serena Williams. Once again, Sabine won the first set, easily lost the second set, fell behind 0-3 in the final set and came back to win. The match had multiple swings in momentum until Lisicki finally prevailed over Radwanska, 6-4 2-6 9-7.

Marion Bartoli (click to enlarge)

Marion Bartoli made short work of Kirsten Flipkens in the other semifinal, 6-1 6-2. With the win, Marion reaches her 2nd Wimbledon final. She was runner-up to Venus Williams in 2007. Although my personal rooting interest was for Bartoli, it’s too bad to see Flipkens’ Cinderella ride end in blow out fashion. Then again, as the 15th seed, Marion is also writing her own Cinderella story, much like Sabine Lisicki. Still, Flipkens wasn’t quite 100% physically. That doesn’t take away from a great performance by Bartoli. She earned her trip to the final.

A lot of signs point to Sabine being the favorite over Marion in the final, despite Lisicki’s lower ranking. She has a 3-1 edge head to head over Marion. She won their last match against each other in the Wimbledon 2011 quarterfinals. She plays her best at Wimbledon. She’s bigger, stronger, younger and moves better than Bartoli. So it’s a slam dunk for Sabine, right? Well, maybe. Maybe not. There is one big edge Marion has over Sabine. Marion has been in the final of Wimbledon. Sabine has never been in the final of any Major. While Sabine dealt with the pressure of facing top seeds like Serena and Aga, the pressure of walking out onto the court in a Major final is something she’s never dealt with before. If Sabine can deal with the heat, she probably prevails. If not, look for Bartoli to emerge victorious.

Women’s Singles – Semi Finals – Completed
1 2 3
A. Radwanska #4 4 6 7
S. Lisicki #23  « 6 2 9
Women’s Singles – Semi Finals – Completed
1 2 3
M. Bartoli #15  « 6 6
K. Flipkens #20 1 2

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SABINE LISICKI

MARION BARTOLI

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA

KIRSTEN FLIPKENS

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