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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Second Round Matches I've Seen: Sabine Lisicki vs. Li Na

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I've been a fan of Sabine Lisicki since she reached the quarterfinals here a few years back, and when she won Birmingham a few weeks ago, I knew she would be performing well in this year's Wimbledon.  What I did not expect though was how well she played today!! It was not that Li Na played poorly.  Li Na almost actually won the game when she was up one set 53 in the third set for 2 match points but Lisicki blasted 2 powerful serves to wipe them out and showed incredible mental and physical tenacity to stay on and finally win the match.

The last time I watched such a high quality women's match in Wimbledon was between Serena and Elena Dementieva during their semi's a few year's back.  This Lisicki-Li match was just as high in quality in ground strokes and the service was very crucial!  This was the first tim I've seen Sabine serve and they're just as powerful as those of the Williams sisters!

It was a toe-to-toe match from the start of play until the end.  In the end though, someone had to win and Sabine clinched the third set at 86.

Interestingly, if Lisicki continues her form, she may actually meet Serena (if she also holds her end of the draw) in the quarterfinals! Now that's a mouthwatering match!

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