LI 6-3, 4-6, 6-8 Lisicki comes through a tense final game to dump out the form player of the competition. Her power throughout made most of the difference, but she showed great fight and nouse for someone of 21-years-old and deserves the win. Li played well in parts but couldn't produce the consistancy expected of her.
Li Na - Sabine Lisicki
Wimbledon women - 23 June 2011
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LI 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 Lisicki is the first to hold serve for three games thanks largely to some poorly judged bassline shots from Li who seems to have lost the range from that distance, overplaying her deep forehands regularly at the minute.
LI 6-3, 4-6, 6-6 - BREAK Li not handling the pressure in the manner of someone who has been in two Grand Slam finals this year. Lisicki just needing to make a return in that game and wait for Li to pass it straight out, on both sides of the court.
LI 6-3, 4-6, 6-5 - BREAK Lisicki throws away the advantage she'd worked so hard to get back hold of with a horribly misplaced volley with the court at her mercy. She now must face the Li serve to stay in the match.
LI 6-3, 4-6, 5-5 - BREAK It looked like Li might be struggling under the pressure at 0-30 but then found a perfect passing shot and a Lisicki mistake to even it up. The German regained her composure though and powered home two more forehands to pick up a huge break in the context of the match
LI 6-3, 4-6, 5-4 Lisicki survives two match points with some more huge serving that Li couldn't do much about. She can do something about the next game though as she steps up to serve for the match
LI 6-3, 4-6, 5-3 After two very well judged appeals Li gets them both overturned, but then squandered here 30-0 advantage with an esecially wayward forehand in the fourth point. She regained focus though and closed out the game with some more accurate nearside serves
LI 6-3, 4-6, 4-3 With new balls summoned Lisicki took full advantage producing three more aces and winning the game 40-0, the real test is on Li's serve however.
LI 6-3, 4-6, 4-2 All the momentum back with the French Open champion as she wins the sixth game to love. Lisicki failed to return three out of four serves and looks like her confidence has been shaken by the previous break of throw.
LI 6-3, 4-6, 3-2 - BREAK Possibly the most important game of the match as Lisicki struggles to land her potent first serve which is her main weapon. Li then worked her adversary round the court beautifully, negating the superior power of the German
LI 6-3, 4-6, 2-2 Just when it seemed Li was struggling as she fired a simple winner wide, she stepped up and produced a serve that was straight out of the text book to win the game.
LI 6-3, 4-6, 1-2 More of the same on the German's serve which is regularly proving too powerful for her Chinese opponent, she can go on the inside or wide and is mixing it up well
LI 6-3, 4-6, 1-1 Lisicki produced two of the most perfect returns of serve you're likely to see on the double-handed backhand, but it wasn't enough to take the game as the final two crashed into the net and handed Li the game.
LI 6-3, 4-6, 0-1 Liskicki starts the second set without losing a point as she is finding the right areas with her service still. They might not be aces, but if the returns aren't getting back over the net then they are just as good.
LI 6-3, 4-6 - SET Probably the best rally of the game if not the competition was won by Lisicki during the tenth game as Li recovered from all out defence to have the German on the back foot but Lisicki produced a perfect bassline backhand to the far corner, impossible to return. That incredible shot gave her set point, but Li fought back and the two shared an epic battle after deuce which was eventually won by Lisicki.
LI 6-3, 4-5 - BREAK Tension showing from Liskicki as Li breaks back at the crucial time thanks to a deep forehand ending up long and wide from the German. Lisicki had a good chance to take control of the game but passed a backhand into the net and it proved to cost her.
LI 6-3, 3-5 A dominant service game from Li who produces this wide serve that isn't of great pace, but finds the corner and proves tricky to return. A no nonsense smash into the far corner made no mistake like she did earlier in the set
LI 6-3, 2-5 Li looked like she might take it to deuce after a lovely wide forehand had Lisicki stretching, but the German hammered in another near-side ace to finish off her opponent and go within a game of the second set
LI 6-3, 2-4 A win to love for Li keeps her in the set, thanks to a poorly judged volley from Lisicki at the last point.
LI 6-3, 1-4 Lisicki just barely manages to hold on to the advantage as her first serve deserts her a little. A tricky deep lob from the German left Li with the only option of an overhead from the bassline which found the net and gave Lisicki the game.
LI 6-3, 1-3 - BREAK A very poor game from Li who handed it to Lisicki eventually with a double-fault having just abut survived a previous break point. She's thrown away the advantage in the set.
LI 6-3, 1-2 The German opened up and finished the third game with aces but also proved she has subtleties to her game with a delicate sliced backhand volley leaving Li stranded on the bassline.
LI 6-3, 1-1 Li produced an ace of her own but followed it up with a double-fault. She made amends swiftly though with a brilliantly accurate backhand cross-court.
LI 6-3, 0-1 Another two aces from the powerful Lisicki helped her on her way to the first game of the second set, if she can continue to produce service games like that then she will be very much in the match
LI 6-3 - SET Uncharacteristic mistakes from the woman from China as a routine smash with Lisicki stranded went long and then a bassline forehand ended in the same fashion, but she faught back to deuce including a well-disguised down the line backhand and then finished off the point and the set by whipping a forehand away from Lisicki.
LI 5-3 - BREAK There's the break that didn't look like it was coming previously. Lisicki came back after giving Li advantage with a double-fault but then a delicate drop shot followed by an equally precise lob gave Li the advantage back and she wemt on to see out the game and become favourite for the set.
LI 4-3 With both players flirting with danger at the bassline it was Lisikci who just pushed it too far on a couple of occassions and went long. Li's serve may not be as powerful as Lisicki's but it is probing and still has her opponent stretching and off balance from the start.
LI 3-3 Another game won to love for Lisicki including a very impressive second serve to make it 40-0 which pushed Li way out wide and she couldn't make a return
LI 3-2 A sloppy double-fault was the only mistake from Li Na during that game as she constantly pushed Lisicki out wide to her right and the German could only find the net with her returns on the stretch
LI 2-2 Lisicki's big serve was unleashed in her second service game, reaching 122mph at one stage and producing two stunning aces to take the game to love
LI 2-1 Li produced a bullet of an ace to make it 40-0, and then Lisicki's final return on the forehand was too long which Li casually watched drop out and take the third game
Li 1-1 A fairly mistake-ridden game with all but one point coming from unforced errors. After such a strong first game Li will be disappointed to give the second away so lightly, two very tame forehands flying wide and then dropping into the net were particularly poor
Li Na 1-0 Lisicki produced a fantastic backhand return to save the game at 40-0, but unfortunately for her it was sandwiched between two very poor ones, and Li picks up the first game with minimal trouble
Li Na is in as good form as anyone in the competition having reached the Australian Open final and then won the French Open already this year
Luckily the roof is on so we will be treated to the contest between Li Na and Sabine Lisicki