After her monumental victory over world number one Serena Williams in the 4th round on Sunday, 24th seed Sabine Lisicki took on Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, who is ranked at 46 on Court 1. These two players had never met before and, going into this match, Lisicki was the favourite with a 2011 semi final and 2009 and 2012 quarter-final finishes under her belt. Kanepi had got to her last five Grand Slam fourth rounds before losing in all the quarters. Kanepi began proceedings but the German took the first two games. Games then went with serve, but Lisicki held her lead and took the set 6-3 with great serving and excellent net play. The first five games of the second set went with serve before Kanepi seemed to run out of steam in the 6th game, allowing Lisicki to get a break. Both players then held before the German player broke again to take the set 6-3 and the match in just 65 minutes.
It took exactly the same time for 4th seed Agnieszka Radwanska, the only top 5 player left in the draw, to take the first set in her match against 6th seeded Na Li. Li had on her perennial knee taping, while Radwanska had both thighs taped. The players went toe to toe for the first eight games, despite some below par umpiring, before Radwanska got a break, but was broken back right away in a game that lasted eight minutes. The set went eventually to a breaker, with the Pole taking it 7-5. Radwanska broke in the third game of the second set but Li managed to level at 4-4. After another long 9th game, Li held and then took her opponent’s serve for the second time in the set to wrap it up 6-4. The trainer was called to court to heavily strap Radwanska’s right thigh before the decider got underway. The Pole took the first two games when, with Li at advantage in the third game, rain stopped play and the players went off court. Play resumed under the roof and Li held to get on the scoreboard. However, from there onwards it was all about Radwanska, who set up a semi-final clash against Lisicki.