It didn’t seem likely based on the first set and the beginning of the second, but Sabine Lisicki woke up all the lulled tennis fans who are watching Wimbledon at night to produce a thriller against Angelique Kerber and even though it was undecided until the very end, eventually it was the higher-ranked Kerber advancing to the semis, preventing Lisicki from reaching her second straight Wimbledon semifinal.
In the encounter of two Germans with Polish blood, the 15th-seeded Lisicki made a small revival from 4-1 down in the first set to 4-3 down, but Kerber quickly finished the set 6-3.
In the second set Kerber raced to a 3-0 lead and looked to be en route to a quick win, but again Lisicki returned, this time leveling at 3-3. Later on, the eighth-seeded Kerber earned two match points, but Lisicki fought them off in a fantastic game, putting the entire Twittersphere on her side, earned a tiebreak, saved the third match point during the tiebreak and won the set, inspiring people to praise the entertainment of women’s tennis.
At 4-3 in the third set, Lisicki went 40-0 up on Kerber’s serve and Kerber even helped her with a double fault. However, when Lisicki was serving for the match at 5-3, Kerber mirrored the situation from the previous game, earned 40-0 on Lisicki’s serve and won that game to eventually close out 6-3 6-7(7) 7-5 on the fifth match point.
The smile from this photo is probably not on Lisicki’s face right now as Kerber is joining Serena Williams in the semis and will next play either Agnieszka Radwanska or Maria Kirilenko. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)