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Lisicki vs. Radwanska

Lisicki Highlights:

  • Big 1st serve – 122 mph top speed – 29 aces – 71% points won – 32% serves not returned
  • Consistent and efficient return game – 72% in play – converted 61% of her break chances (22 of 36)
  • Big forehand from the baseline – 61 forehand winners

Radwanska Highlights:

  • Solid serving – 72% 1st serves in play – 67% 1st serve points won – saved 25 of the 35 break points faced
  • Consistent and effective returns – 84% in play – 61% won returning 2nd serves
  • Does not make many mistakes – 54 total unforced errors in 13 sets

Matchup: This is a match of power and aggression vs. variety and consistency. Lisicki has a power game that is extremely well suited to the grass. She has a very big 1st serve and aggressive forehand and looks to impose her will on her opponent whenever possible. Radwanska plays with the most variety of all the players on tour. She will hit with slice, topspin, deep and short, using angles and touch.

Radwanska does not have the firepower of Lisicki, so she will have to use all her tricks to keep the German off balance. Radwanska’s slice off both the forehand and backhand will stay low. She is very good at changing both pace and depth – mixing in deep drives with short angles, and will take advantage of any opportunity that comes her way. Although it tends to favor a power game, the grass actually helps Radwanska as it gives her serves and groundstrokes a bit more bite and makes her change of pace even more effective.

Lisicki will look to use her power to take control of the points early – big serves and big forehands to open up the court and put Radwanska on the defensive. Radwanska makes very few unforced errors (averaging just over 4 unforced per set) so it will be up to Lisicki to earn her spot in the final with aggressive play.

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Bartoli vs. Flipkens

Bartoli Highlights:

  • Good 1st serve – 73% 1st serve points won – shaky 2nd serve – 45% 2nd serve points won – 24 double faults
  • Very strong return of serve – 80% returns in play – 42% won returning 1st serves – 62% won returning 2nd serves – converted 54% of her break points (25 of 46)
  • Balanced from the backcourt (32 forehand winners – 35 backhand winners)

Flipkens Highlights:

  • Very effective 1st serve – 34 aces – 71% 1st serve points won – top speed 114 mph
  • Consistent returns – 79% returns hit back in play
  • Forehand is her weapon from the ground – 57 forehand winners – just tries to keep her backhand in play and uses a lot of slice along with her two hander to keep her opponent off balance.

Matchup: This will be the first meeting of these two and I think it’s a surprise for everyone. Bartoli has been here once before when she defeated Justine Henin in the 2007 Wimbledon semifinals. This is Flipkens’ first trip past the 4th round at any major.

Flipkens advanced to the semis with a tough 3 set win over a former Wimbledon champion. She did it by spitting the ball back time and again, mixing up pace with lots of soft slices that gave her opponent a different look than she was used to. The result was 28 unforced errors from Kvitova while Flipkens donated only 5. Flipkens has an aggressive 1st serve and forehand and she’ll need both to be working well against Bartoli.

Bartoli was also out hit in her quarterfinal by her opponent, but stayed steady and patient against the big swinging Stephens. Bartoli didn’t hit many winners, just 6 actually, but she did keep Stephens deep in the court and on the move. This resulted in 70 total errors from Stephens (51 forced – 19 unforced). Bartoli will look to put that same type of consistent pressure on Flipkens.

Bartoli’s strength is her return of serve – especially against 2nd serves where she’s won 62% of the points. It will be imperative for Flipkens to hit a high percentage of first serves in play to lessen the number of 2nd serves Bartoli can attack. Although both players are surprise semifinalists, Bartoli has not dropped a set getting here.

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