July 3, 2013 by Parveer Mann
Hold on everyone, we’re nearly through the twists and turns that have been so common this past fortnight. These championships may have already peaked in the eyes of many after the devastation of the first Wednesday but over these next four days, we are promised more action and at least one surprise first time Grand Slam champion.
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The second week of Wimbledon has rightfully belonged to Sabine Lisicki after her towering victory over Serena Williams and the effort she put to follow it up in the quarters. However, all that has got her so far is a matchup with 2012 Wimbledon finalist, Aga Radwanska. This matchup provides two competing styles with Lisicki’s power going against Radwanska’s ingenuity and all-court prowess. For those doubting that Aga can compete, you should simply rewatch last year’s final when she offered unique challenges and a three set match against Serena.
I see something similar occurring this time with Sabine being able to ride her momentum and big shots to a close three set win.
The Frenchwoman Bartoli has not been this deep in a Grand Slam since the 2007 Wimbledon finals and her opponent Kirsten Flipkens was not even ranked high enough in 2012 to have the chance to qualify for Wimbledon so you’d be right in having put little thought in the chances of these two when the tournament began. You can’t blame either for getting here and when they face-off on Thursday, each will have the chance to make some more personal history.
They’ve never faced each other so I think the difference will come from who can stay with their game plan and not fade under pressure. I was really impressed with Flipkens composure in beating Kvitova and I think she can do enough against the erratic Bartoli to win in two sets.
Novak Djokovic will be seeking another Wimbledon finals berth and revenge when he faces Delpo. It was on this court last August that Delpo defeated Novak for the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics (a loss that some reported made Djokovic incredibly distraught). Both players have yet to drop a set so far and that is a big surprise with all the big name players who have dropped around them. The only concern may be the early knee troubles that hindered Del Potro in his quarterfinal match. I feel Novak is fresher and will be determined to enact some revenge in a likely three set win.
The entire British Isles exhaled when Fernando Verdasco’s shot went long and they knew Andy Murray had survived a five setter. Murray who has seen so calm this fortnight had to really work through some self-inflicted troubles in a match that was closer than everyone expected. His next opponent breezed through an equally emotional win and in the process became the first Polish man to make a Slam semifinal. Jerzy has already impressed this year in Rome and now will go for broke in a tournament that has been his coming out party. I think the big serve may get him one set but the steely resolve of Andy will push him to his second consecutive Wimbledon final.