Less drama and more finesse did the trick for Sabine Lisicki, who backed up her victory over Serena Williams by topping Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday to advance to her second career Wimbledon semifinal.
The 23rd-seeded Lisicki, who matched Williams’ power in her stunning victory on Monday over the world No. 1, came back less than 24 hours later and hit six drop shots for winners in dissecting 46th-ranked Kanepi.
“I’ve had some great challenges on the way to the semis, and now I’m ready for the semis,” said Lisicki.
Lisicki broke Kanepi in the first game and didn’t look back in the opening set.
She double-faulted three times in the third game of the second set to lose serve for the first time, but broke right back, then won four of the next five games. She sliced and diced more than in the win over Williams, finishing with only two aces (compared to 10 against Williams in their three-set match) but hitting 22 winners 10 more than Kanepi.
“I thought (when) I tried to attack in previous matches, I hit winners and did well, but today I was missing a lot,” Kanepi said. “But on grass there is no Plan B. I just have to go for my shots. If there is a ball, I have to hit it.”