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Lisicki Highlights:

  • Big 1st serve – 122 mph top speed – 39 aces – 70% points won – 31% serves not returned
  • Consistent and efficient return game – 74% in play – converted 56% of her break chances (28 of 50)
  • Big forehand from the baseline – 89 forehand winners – solid backhand (43 backhand winners) Very effective at net – winning 75% of her approaches and using tactic that often – 122 net approaches

Bartoli Highlights:

  • Good 1st serve – 73% 1st serve points won – risky and aggressive 2nd serve – 47% 2nd serve points won – 27 double faults – she has hit her 2nd serve as fast as her 1st serve in this tournament (105 mph)
  • Very strong return of serve – 81% returns in play – 43% won returning 1st serves – 62% won returning 2nd serves – converted 57% of her break points (30 of 53)
  • Balanced from the backcourt (35 forehand winners – 43 backhand winners)
  • Showed great variety with her game in the semis – 5 aces – 5 passing shot winners – 4 volley winners – 4 return winners – 3 smash winners – 2 lob winners

Matchup: Lisicki leads their head to head 3 to 1 winning their last meeting two years ago here at Wimbledon in the quarterfinals in 3 sets. Lisicki is the more powerful and aggressive of the two and will look to establish her big 1st serve and her forehand from the baseline. Bartoli loves to attack on return – especially returning 2nd serves – so it will be important for Lisicki to get a lot of her 1st serves in play.

In their match here two years ago, it was Lisicki’s 2nd serve that made the difference. In the two sets she won, Lisicki won 60% of her 2nd serve points – in the set she lost, she won just 27%. It was also Lisicki’s ability to attack Bartoli’s 2nd serve that kept the pressure on. For the match, Lisicki won 20 of Bartoli’s 33 second serve points.

Lisicki was the aggressor two years ago (52 winners to just 12 for Bartoli) – look for her to once again take charge. Lisicki also attacked the net against Bartoli in that match, winning 15 of 20 net approaches – she’s won 75% of her net approaches here this year so look for her to continue charging the net whenever possible.

Grass court tennis favors the bold and aggressive – that will be Lisicki in this final. It she can execute her shots in her first ever major final, she’ll be lifting the trophy on Saturday.

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