WIMBLEDON, England — It will be Sabine Lisicki vs. Agnieszka Radwanska and Marion Bartoli vs. Kristen Flipkens in the women’s semifinals at Wimbledon. Exactly as we all predicted.
Those four women advanced Tuesday, while the two remaining Grand Slam champions, Li Na and Petra Kvitova, along with the last American standing, Sloane Stephens, and the unseeded Kaia Kanepi were sent packing. For a complete breakdown of the women’s quarterfinals, click here.
Here are some of our favorite photos from Day 8 at The Championships.
Sabine Lisicki: “No Letdown” Lisicki, we call her. “After yesterday’s win [over Serena Williams], I was ready today,” she said after beating Kanepi 6-3, 6-3. “I knew from experience that I needed to make the switch quickly to be ready, and that’s what I did. So I’m very pleased.” (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)
Kirsten Flipkens: A junior Wimbledon champion in 2003, Flipkens has overcome a series of injuries to make her first Slam semifinal at age 27. She upset Kvitova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Petra Kvitova: She felt a virus coming on Monday night and woke up dizzy with a sore throat. That’s bad luck for the 2011 champion, who was viewed by many as the favorite after Williams lost. “I just really don’t want to excuse because I had some virus,” she said after the match. “I felt that it’s a big chance to be in the semifinal here. I really tried to do everything that I can, but I lost.” (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
Marion Bartoli: One-handed forehand! (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)
Agnieszka Radwanska: The highest-ranked player left in the draw, No. 4 Radwanska admitted she was tired after back-to-back three-setters leading into Tuesday. But she still managed to get past Li 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2 in a highly entertaining match. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)
Sloane Stephens: Her inexperience showed after a 2½-hour rain delay, but it was nice to see some positive emotion from her when she was forced to grind it out against Bartoli, who rode a flurry of service breaks to a 6-4, 7-5 victory. “I was disappointed in myself because I know I probably could have given a little bit more,” Stephens said. “Just kind of disappointed that my service games didn’t go so well.” (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Kirsten Flipkens: The Belgian outserved Kvitova and committed only five unforced errors. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)
Marion Bartoli: “Hey, guys, sorry for crashing your party.” (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Kirsten Flipkens: On match point she knocked an ace into the corner and had to delay her celebration to wait for Hawk-Eye to confirm it was in. (Sang Tan/AP)
Agnieszka Radwanska: I will never not marvel at her improvisational squat-shot, which Radawanska says she does because she’s too lazy to actually move her feet into position to hit the ball. It’s a great shot from the WTA’s maestro of great shots. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)
Li Na: Despite squandering a few chances in the first set, Li was surprisingly positive after the match and optimistic about continuing to incorporate more net play. She went to the net 71 times against Radwanska, winning 68 percent. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)
Andy Murray: The Brit spent his day off doing some light reading. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)