Read a preview, see live scores and watch live streaming as Sabine Lisicki takes on Marion Bartoli in the ladies’ final of Wimbledon 2013 on Centre Court.
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Upsets have somewhat been the story of Wimbledon 2013, but many of the underdogs who have achieved shock victories have not been able to back up their incredible results in the following round.
Sergiy Stakhovsky defeated Roger Federer with a brilliant serve and volley performance before succumbing to Jurgen Melzer, Steve Darcis was unlucky to have to withdraw with a shoulder injury after beating Rafael Nadal, and Michelle Larcher de Brito overcame Maria Sharapova but could not match Karin Knapp in the third round.
Arguably the biggest shock of the tournament was Sabine Lisicki’s brilliant performance against Serena Williams, and the German has demonstrated that it was no one-off, defeating Kaia Kanepi and 4th seed Agnieszka Radwanska on her route to the final.
The 23 year-old certainly has the weaponry to hurt the best players in the game, with a huge serve and forehand combination, and impressive court imagination.
Her opponent in the showpiece event is Marion Bartoli, at 28 a veteran of the WTA Tour.
The Frenchwoman is an immensely tough player, with the unusual trait of playing both forehand and backhanded strokes with two hands.
That gives her decent power on either side, but a shorter wingspan on the forehand side to other players.
If Lisicki can create the correct angles, she can exploit that, but no one has been able do so against Bartoli so far, and this match – the 2013 Wimbledon Ladies’ final – could go either way.