Originally intended to be a repeat of last year's final, Agnieszka Radwanska will in stead face off against Serena Williams' conqueror, Sabine Lisicki. It's a match up that places the guile and movement of Radwanska against the power and speed of Lisicki.
Lisicki is in great form, and importantly she followed up her upset of Serena with a thorough demolition of Kaia Kanepi the next day. Lisicki knows that grass is her best surface, and after making the semi's in 2011 she will want to go one better this year. If her serve and forehand continue to fire as they have done in the tournament so far, it will be extremely hard for the German to lose.
|Agnieszka Radwańska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|Sabine Lisicki (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Marion Bartoli (15) vs. Kirsten Flipkens (20)
While the other three semi-finalists all boast some kind of grass court pedigree, Kirsten Flipkens is clearly the joker in the pack. Not that there is anything funny about her, as Flipkens has proven at SW19 that she possesses some serious intelligence and variety on court.
|Kirsten Flipkens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|Marion Bartoli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Bartoli might have the edge in power and experience. That being said, Flipkens' last opponent Petra Kvitova had the same advantage. Unless Flipkens suffers from a bout of nerves, I believe her greater variety will actually be extremely problematic for Bartoli, and might just result in us having the biggest surprise finalist in the women's singles tournament since Bartoli herself.