Sabine Lisicki reached her first Grand Slam semifinal on Tuesday by beating 2007 finalist Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1 under the Centre Court roof on another wet day at Wimbledon.
With heavy rain causing a racket as it pelted down on the retractable white cover over the court, Lisicki used her drop shot to perfection in the first two sets.
Lisicki is only the second wild-card entry to reach the women’s semifinals at Wimbledon.
She served for the match at 5-4 in the second and held three match points, but Bartoli saved them all. On the second, Lisicki went to her go-to drop shot but put it into the net.
Bartoli eventually broke back when Lisicki double-faulted for the first time, and then won the tiebreaker.