Maria Sharapova vs Sabine Lisicki Semifinal Wimbledon 2011: Wimbledon 2011 Women’s tennis a big semifinal of Maria Sharapova vs Sabine Lisicki will be played on 30 june Thursday. Maria Sharapova will bid to overcome the raw power of German wildcard Sabine Lisicki in a battle of the big-hitters in the women’s singles semi-finals at Wimbledon on Thursday.
Russian fifth seed Sharapova has been installed as favourite to win her second Wimbledon crown after an impressive march to the last four where she has not dropped a set in five matches. The 2004 champion was in blistering form in the quarter-finals, where her booming groundstrokes overwhelmed 24th seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1.
But Sharapova faces potentially the most challenging opponent left in the women’s tournament in the shape of Lisicki, the 21-year-old who has regularly been clocking serves at around 120 miles per hour.
“A player that’s playing with so much confidence and really great grass court tennis is always very dangerous,” Sharapova said, agreeing with a suggestion that the semi-final could be decided by power rather than finesse.
“I’m sure it will be powerful. She hits very hard. She has probably one of the hardest serves on the tour, and that’s very beneficial.”
Lisicki, who downed French ninth seed Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1 to become only the second wildcard in Wimbledon history to reach the last four, has been hailed as the new Steffi Graf by an expectant German media. Winner of three Grand slam titles, Maria Sharapova shot to super stardom right here at Wimbledon seven years ago when she claimed her maiden Grand Slam title as a 17 year old. She also claimed the WTA championships with a win over Serena Williams in the final again and claimed the WTA player of the year award as a result. The years that followed witnessed consistent performance from the Russian who claimed two more majors in New York (2006) and Melbourne (2008).
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