GAME, SET & MATCH LISICKI - 4-6 7-6(4) 1-6 - The nerves again prove to be a problem. The ball toss is a little sketchy, the serve is loopy but somehow Lisicki manages to get to match point. The German finally takes her fourth one as Bartoli nets after being forced out wide. Lisicki reaches her first Grand Slam semi-final and is the first German player to reach the semi at Wimbledon since Steffi Graff in 1999.
Sabine Lisicki - Marion Bartoli
Wimbledon women - 28 June 2011
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BARTOLI - BREAK - 4-6 7-6(4) 1-5 - She means business. Bartoli loses the first point after an energy-draining rally but wins the next exchange with a huge forehand deep into the deuce-court corner. 'C'MON' is shouted in a Hewitt-esque way. The 9th seed then falls to pieces on the following two points and hands Lisicki the break with a very poor forehand that flies into the net. That looks like it could be it...
BARTOLI 4-6 7-6(4) 1-4 -The German looks completely over the calamity of what could have been her final service game of the match in the last set. She races to 40-0 with her 26th and 27th unreturned serves of the match and gets the hold when Bartoli sends her double-handed forehand long off the return.
BARTOLI 4-6 7-6(4) 1-3 - Bartoli looks re-renergised as she races to 40-0 but a number of very sloppy ground-strokes allow Lisicki back into the game. All of a sudden Bartoli looks like the energy has been drained out of her again. The Frenchwoman finally holds as the 21-year old gifts her the game as her backhand flies wide.
BARTOLI 4-6 7-6(4) 0-3 - Wallop. Four massive serves consolidate the break for Lisicki. Bartoli walks towards her seat like she's already lost. The 9th seed will need to do something, and quickly, if she's to get back into this match.
BARTOLI - BREAK - 4-6 7-6(4) 0-2 -Strange. All of a sudden Bartoli looks like the one who has had three match points go to waste. The Frenchwoman looks exhausted and loses her service game to 15, double faulting on break point. To be fair to her she has been on court for a total of 8 hours and 21 minutes during the Championships, but she looks completely different to how she did during the first and second sets.
BARTOLI 4-6 7-6(4) 0-1 -These two have faced each other three time before, with Lisicki leading 2-1. But you can't help in thinking that, the way this is going, Bartoli is going to level it up. But you never know. Losing the three match points is going to be tough to get over but the German is capable of winning any match. The unseeded 21-year old holds in the first service game of the final set.
BARTOLI - SET - 4-6 7-6(4) - WOW. Bartoli gets the full break after the change of ends and leads 5-2 but Lisicki rallies to break back straight away, winning the next two points in exciting exchanges. Lisicki's second serve is very weak, just reaching 70mph, and Bartoli hits a clean winner off the return. The German nets on the next point to hand the break, and the set to the Frenchwoman. We're in for the long haul...
BARTOLI 4-6 6-6(4-2) - Bartoli gets the mini break in the breaker and leads 4-2 at the change of ends. The 9th seed looks like a woman transformed. The way she's playing, Lisicki is going to have to pull something out of the bag to stop this going all the way.
BARTOLI 4-6 6-6 - Where were those nerves of steel during the last game? Lisicki holds to love and we're now going to a tie break.
BARTOLI 4-6 6-5 - And back the momentum swings towards Marion Bartoli. A very smart, very gutsy hold from the Frenchwoman. She holds to 15. Lisicki looks visibly irritated and understandably so, she's just seen three match points go by. Lisicki must now serve to stay in this second set. Who is your money on?
BARTOLI - BREAK - 4-6 5-5 - Nerves? It must have been as Lisicki has THE easiest put-away you're ever likely to get at the net and skews it wide. Awful. The German soon has two match points and the nerves are back, wasting them both with two poor errors. The third comes and goes within a flash as Bartoli's lightning-quick return cleans the line. The 21-year old then double faults at break point and we're back on serve.
BARTOLI - BREAK - 4-6 4-5 - Both players camp on the baseline for the duration of the service game, attempting to out-hit each other. It ends poorly for Bartoli who can just not cope with the power of the German. Bartoli loses her service game to 30 and Lisicki will now serve for the match.
BARTOLI 4-6 4-4 - A love game. Very simple hold for the German. Bartoli struggles with serves that are pushing 120mph and who can blame her? Another drop-shot, probably the 400th of the match, gives the World No. 62 the hold.
BARTOLI 4-6 4-3 - What a fantastic point. Both players are sprinting left, then right in order to return their opponents shot. Lisicki finally wins it when Bartoli misses with a backhand on the stretch. Before that, the Frenchwoman looked like she'd hold easily at 40-0 but the German manages to fight back to 40-30. The 21-year old puts too much on the following return and Bartoli has the hold.
BARTOLI 4-6 3-3 - Finally, Lisicki misses with a drop shot. And by a mile. It hits the net about a quarter of the way up, letting Bartoli back in at deuce. That's as far as the Frenchwoman gets in the game though as another two unreturned serves get the match back level at 3-3. Which way is this going? The momentum is shifting this way and that...
BARTOLI - BREAK - 3-2 - That second serve is still a big, big weakness. Bartoli goes 0-30 down when Lisicki crushes two returns cross-court. And two drop-shots later it's back on serve as the German gets the break-back. Bartoli needs to try and figue a way out to stop the Lisicki drop shot, a shot which she's won 11 points with so far!!
BARTOLI - BREAK - 4-6 3-1 - She hasn't looked too happy throughout this game, Lisicki. She's looked a little tight and missed a few routine ground strokes. The World No. 62 has often looked up to her corner as if to ask for some much needed guidance. Bartoli gets a very important break when her German opponent makes a third error of the game.
BARTOLI 4-6 2-1 - The unseeded German has been returning serve at well over 100mph but tries too hard on a couple of Bartoli's serve and misses by some way. The World No. 9 holds to 15 as Lisicki goes long with a forehand at game point. 'Allez' is shouted by the Frenchwoman as she pumps her fists towards her entourage sitting in their box.
BARTOLI 4-6 1-1 - Lisicki's serve is really doing her some favours out on Centre Court. It's proving to be that little bit too accruate for Bartoli who cannot quite read it well enough in order to get it back in play. The 21-year old German again plays a sublime drop-shot on her way to hold to 30.
BARTOLI 4-6 1-0 - A tight hold for Bartoli on the first game of the second set. You feel she just had to start this set well and hold or it could have been big trouble for the 2007 Finalist.
BARTOLI - SET 4-6 - Lisicki serves her way to the first set. She clocks up her 9th, 10th and 11th unreturned serves of the match and is now just a set away from a place in the semi-finals.
BARTOLI 4-5 - Bartoli is struggling immensley on her second serve. It's just not up to scratch at the minute. In fact, she's only winning 14% of points on it. The 9th seed races to 30-0 with two pinpoint serves that are unreturned but is pulled back to 30-30 after two poor second serves. Somehow, Bartoli holds and forces Lisicki to serve out the first set.
BARTOLI 3-5 - The rallies have been pretty closely contested but when Lisicki's serve is on song, Bartoli can do nothing about it. Big serves and a well disguised drop shot take the German within a game of the first set.
BARTOLI - 3-4 - Wonderful hitting from the unseeded German. She's found her range and is dictating play with piercing ground strokes that are landing deep and giving the Frenchwoman a bit of trouble. Bartoli is thrown a lifeline when she challenges at 0-30, but it's more in hope than anything else. The challenge was good though, but only just. The ball lands a fraction of a millimeter within the baseline and Bartoli goes on to hold.
BARTOLI 2-4 -A bit of confusion there. Bartoli returns cross court at 15-0 but Lisicki has stopped. She thinks it's a let but the umpire says there wasn't one. The German gets over the little annoyance with a big ace out wide and completes the hold with a fabulous unreturned second serve.
BARTOLI 2-3 - Any sign of a weak serve and Lisicki is all over it. Bartoli's first two serves aren't too clever and allow her opponent to fire two clean winners. The Frenchwoman is back level at 30-30 with some very nice ground strokes of her own. It's soon deuce as they exchange unforced errors. Lisicki shanks two more and it's game - Bartoli's first hold.
BARTOLI 1-3 - It's entertaining, but error-strewn. Lisicki challenges an ace at 15-15 that was called out. The German's challenge is good and she's up 30-15. Another big ace takes her to two game points and she dispatches the first when Bartoli's return is again very weak. We have the first hold.
BARTOLI - BREAK 1-2 - Lisicki changes it up and tries to exploit Bartoli's movement with a drop shot but it's hit too hard and the World No. 9 puts it away. The two ladies then exchange ground strokes from the baseline which allows the hard-hitting Lisicki to take the advantage and get the third successive break of serve with a cross-court forehand. Are either of these capable of holding serve?
BARTOLI - BREAK - 1-1 - Two first serve rockets prove to be too hot to handle for Bartoli, helping Lisicki race to 30-0. Two very sloppy forehands from the German then allow the ninth seed back in the game. A third unforced error gives Bartoli a break point but is wasted when the Frenchwoman's return is weak and is punished. Bartoli finally breaks when Lisicki again makes two successive unforced errors on the forehand.
BARTOLI - BREAK - 0-1 - Lisicki looks very sharp. An impressive return deep cross-court has Bartoli scampering from the off. The German makes a well-time drop shot to take the first point. Two successive return winners take the unseeded German to three break points and she takes the first when Bartoli double faults. Not an ideal start for the Frenchwoman.
The two players are out on Centre Court and are currently going through the motions. Bartoli is trying to get a little taster of the Lisicki serve as she stands at the receiving end watching the German's action. Lisicki aims the ball away from the Frenchwoman so not to let her have an early return of serve.
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