23rd seeded Lucie Safarova has quietly made her way to the semis of Wimbledon as none of her matches were on the show courts. She beat all her opponents on her march through the draw – Julia Goerges, Polona Hercog, 10th seed Dominika Cibulkova and fellow Czech Tereza Smitkova – in straight sets. On Tuesday afternoon in a battle of two lefties, she beat 22nd seeded Ekaterina Makarova (who whitewashed Aga Radwanska in the 4th round) with consummate ease, 6-3 6-1 in just 58 minutes. Her next opponent will also be a Czech – ensuring that a Czech will be in the final.
The two Czechs who met on Centre Court were 6th seeded Petra Kvitova and 43rd ranked Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Although Zahlavova Strycova took many games to deuce and even advantage, Kvitova was just too strong and took the first set 6-1. Zahlavova Strycova came back strongly in the second set and Kvitova made too many unforced errors. Zahlavova Strycova broke in the 7th game, followed by three games on serve until they got to 5-5. Kvitova held and broke a final time to take the set 7-5 and book a meeting with Lucie Safarova.
There were two semi final places up for grabs on Wednesday afternoon. Without a day’s rest after her marathon victory over Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber (9) took to Court 1 to play Eugenie Bouchard (13). In a close match of beautifully played tennis, the Canadian got a break in the 8th game of the first set after two very long games and broke again for the set at 6-3. Bouchard built a lead of 4-1 in the second set before Kerber took two games. The next two games went with serve before a final battle in which Kerber saved two set points before Bouchard took the set 6-4 on her first match point.
19th seed Sabine Lisicki played on Centre Court against 3rd seeded Simona Halep. The German raced into a 3-0 with some great grass court tennis, but the Romanian started to get her timing right and took the next three games and the set at 6-3. The second set was a total disappointment with Lisicki adding another 11 unforced errors to her first set tally of 9, while she hit a total of 17 winners. Halep’s stats were 11 unforced and 16 winners.
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