WIMBLEDON, England — Sabine Lisicki continued her giant-killing ways by knocking off the littlest giant of them all. The No. 23 seed came back from 0-3 in the third to knock off her No. 4-seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 9-7 to make her first Grand Slam final. Despite her ranking, she’ll be the favorite in the final against No. 15 Marion Bartoli, who is back into the Wimbledon final after six years.
The 28-year old Frenchwoman routed Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-2, and then revealed she had awoken from a nap just 30 minutes before the match started. Leave it Marion the Contrarian (hat tip, Jon Wertheim) to do it her own way once again.
Here are some of our favorite photos from the women’s semifinals.
Marion Bartoli: Reflecting on her 2007 run to the final, where she shocked Justine Henin in the semifinals before losing to Venus Williams, Bartoli said it felt different coming into this match as the favorite. “The last time I was so young, in a way. I was every time the underdog coming out on the court, which this time it was totally the opposite. I was this time the highest ranked player and I needed to put out a great performance in order to go through.” (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Marion Bartoli and Kirsten Flipkens: Flipkens was playing with nothing to lose but she’ll probably want to have this one back. She never looked comfortable out there. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Agnieszka Radwanska: Radwanska was asked after the match what she’ll remember from this tournament. Honestly, she can probably just take this picture home for a souviner. “A lot of tennis,” she said. “A lot of three‑set matches. A lot of running.” And it showed, as she was a step slow today in her fourth-straight three-set match of the tournament. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Radwanska: I mean, your legs would be tired too if you played tennis the way she does. (AFP/Getty Images)
Sabine Lisicki: The German pounded 60 winners on her way to the win. “I’ve been dreaming about [winning Wimbledon] since I’m a little girl. That’s why I said it’s the best place to play my first Grand Slam final. I couldn’t imagine any better place. I just can’t wait to play Saturday.” (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
Radwanska: How close was this match? If Radwanska got her racket on this ball she would have earned a break point with Lisicki serving at 3-4 in the final set. (AFP/Getty Images)
Radwanska: Yes, that’s her racket. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Lisicki and Radwanska: It was a no-look pass from Radwanska in the post-match handshake and she got off the court quickly. “Should I just be there and dance? What could I do?” Fair enough. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Bartoli: This is how Marion Bartoli celebrated on match point. This is the photo of the tournament. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Amelie Mauresmo: I think we all had that expression too, Amelie. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)