Day 10 Today at Wimbledon


Day 10

John Inverdale looks back at the day's action, where the women's semi-finals took place. Petra Kvitova played Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova faced Sabine Lisicki.


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GRUNTING. If you don't stop making Can anybody stop Shazza? People

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carry on camping it hoping to see you know who tomorrow. You know

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you're heading thought the home straight when half the courts lie

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empty. There is still plenty for Linsey and Pat to talk about. We

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are going to look ahead to tomorrow, when you know who has his date with

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destiny. For two 21-year-olds, today offered

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a first chance of a Grand Slam final. Victoria Azaranka, the

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fourth seed from Belarus, facing Petra Kvitova, the eighth seed from

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the Czech Republic. Azaraenka, the queen of the elongated screams,

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reached the quarter final here two years ago and twice won the girls

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doubles as a junior. Kvitova reached this stage last year, and

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was bidding to become the first left-hander to reach a final since

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Martina Navratilova. Do spider Azarenka being ranked

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higher, the bookmakers decided that Kvitova's forehand and serve red

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hair the favourite. Here we are Kvitova is hitting some big, big

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Illustrated by a glorious sky on Points will be very similar. There

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will not be a lot of variety in this match. Not a lot of top spin.

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Such an early return. Back to Azarenka before she had almost

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Unbelievable depth. Too much to The taking of the opportunities.

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Great! Forcing the first break of I like a little shriek when she

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BUZZING NOISE. That is very distracting. Azarenka

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now knows what it feels like! I think that goes on longer than

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Azarenka's noise. It has been 45 seconds so far, the siren. Nobody

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is leaving their seats and rushing It is nice to hear the crowd clap.

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It means you do not take that annoy a nice! I have a vision of people

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running around him directions to find the bottom. NOISE STOPS.

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many founded. -- somebody found Azarenka ran think it up a little

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bit. Getting Kvitova on her back foot. Kvitova, way over from that

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centre line trying to get more The timing his spectacular. She

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does not have much time to react. A quick shoulder turn. Keeps those

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Only two ever left-handed winners. Martina Navratilova and Anne Jones.

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Kvitova is heading halfway towards It is extraordinary how many set

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points have be ready good points. - - it is extraordinary how many set

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Cara Black and her older brother one. - - won. Chance is developing

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She is just keeping the lid on. Did not Paul back fair. - - Didn't

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pull back there. She needs to give That was lack of footwork. When you

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get nervous, the feet and not quite Azarenka just trying to weather the

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It takes your breath away. A roar Azarenka is a great fighter. She

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Kvitova was in such control in the first set, but it's deserted here

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after that. Azarenka found herself in complete control and took the

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second set. Let's moving to the There's Wembley Stadium. We talked

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about Crystal Palace earlier. For one played tonight. - - Fulham are

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playing tonight. Here's Petra Wonderful return. Kvitova off-

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balance. We have not seen a drop shot -- we have not seen a drop

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Brilliant. When they play well at the same time, it is a spectacle.

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Nice way to get rid of the break One of eight break points converted

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four Azarenka. Much of that is due to Kvitova raising the level. It

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It's in the steam had run out of Azarenka. Here we are, with Kvitova

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on the point of going one better. It ended in a rather tame and

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When I came onto the court, it felt special and the nerves went. It was

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so close. Me and hair had some chances. It was good. I was not

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ready shot. I know she can play really well. You are surprised that

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your best shots are coming back, but I had to fight. There was no

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looking back. I just had to try to take more control. It slipped away.

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I will get this are out of the wake first, because when Azarenka plays,

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it is indisputably cloud. I listened to Radio 5 Live and

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somebody had a stop watch. He had a stopwatch and how long the grunting

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talking each match. He said each grunt was taking too 0.5 seconds

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burying rally. On the basis of the average power been seven shots, the

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average number of set being a 3, six minutes and 59 seconds was the

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grunting total in a match. You talk about... It seemed as if the match

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was in Kvitova's hands. The most telling statistic was faulty

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winners fog Kvitova, and just nine for as a banker. She could not find

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a way to control the match. When one played well, the other played

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badly, and vice versa. They never got into a good rhythm as well. It

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is a big occasion for Azarenka. She struggled to get past the quarter-

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finals stage. Kvitova, one semi- final here before. She seemed to go

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after it more. That was why she won. They both had a great opportunity.

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Kvitova has been in that situation. It was a big opportunity for both

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of them. Kvitova started off well. She lost it for a while. She has

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been a quiet achiever, I suppose, through the tournament. She has

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only lost one set. The first week of the tournament, all the best

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matches where women's singles matches. Since the men's matches

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have got to the latter stage, it is almost a slump. Is it inevitable,

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at this stage, the balance of power switches? It is such a departure

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from the last 20 years, when the top women seeds would get through

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easily. Roger is not in the semi- finals. The guy is crews much more

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now. -- the guy is crews much more now. The women have more

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competitive matches from the beginning. It is not as established

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who is at the top. They play such high-level towards the end of the

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Grand Slams. Samba against Djokovic tomorrow. What is your take? --

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Tsonga against Djokovic. I have not been that impressed with Djokovic.

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He is still winning. He has not clicked yet. Well pressure has been

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on him. He is almost number one. This match will turn a little bit

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So, what a reducing? Not much! So, you took a minute to say nothing?

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OK. If Tsonga plays the way he did against Federer, he will win but

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Djokovic will kick it up a level. We do have another match tomorrow.

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The world number one against the world No. 4. Andy Murray is playing

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a man with 10 Grand Slams. In Madrid and Barcelona, how are they

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doing these things? Well, when the Spanish seemed Murray, do they

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worry? Andy Murray against a Rafael Nadal.

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You're that tennis commentator for Spanish TV how excited is Spain

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about this semi-final? So Spain is always excited when Nadal is

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playing, or even more when it is a Grand Slam semi-final. Now he has a

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chance again to win another big title. So it is going to be a big

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game in Spain. Dare I ask, who do they think is going to win? Do they

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think Nadal is a sure thing? Yes. If you ask any Spanish people, they

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will tell you that Rafter will win. We think he will win almost every

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match. What does Spain think of Andy Murray? I think there are lot

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of people that like Andy Murray. Really? Yes. There are lot of

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people, too, that they do not like Andy Murray off the court. On the

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court, everybody has to like Murray, because he is one of the biggest

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because he is one of the biggest players. But they get me the think

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Nadal is going to do it, Murray no contest? If Murray wins the first

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set, it is going to be a tough match, but if Nadal wins it, it is

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going to be good for him. You see the Murray-mania we have here. Is

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then Nadal mania in Spain? Yes. Everybody is crazy in Madrid and

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Barcelona. Everybody wants a photo with him. Everyone -- every one

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wants to touch him. The people like him the most as a sportsman.

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When he went to Barcelona, he had a billboard. The biggest one I have

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ever seen. Fantastic. It is interesting to save the first

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set will be the key. It is always important in a big match. The key

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for me is, really, the mental ability of Andy Murray. His game is

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getting closer to Nadal's. He has beaten him before. But there seemed

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to be a few gaps in his concentration which she cannot

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afford. That and second serves. They will be huge. That is probably

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the only time any player will have half a chance to attack. Both of

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them can drop a ball short sometimes. We like to think the

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pressure that the media put on people is going to be the factor in

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this, but if you are champion, you play in a bubble, don't you? Do you

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think that is true to Murray? Or could the occasion be a factor?

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cannot help but feel he is under pressure. He is getting more

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experienced with the media and the fans and their expectations. He has

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so much experience behind him with the semi-finals, but it is going to

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be about stepping up the level of play. He realises what a big deal

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it would be here. He grew up watching Henman go through this.

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For him, he has got to learn and take more risks in these matches

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and not just let those balls and. He has to attack. He hasn't done

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this in the semi-finals before. will ask for your verdicts earlier

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in the -- later in the programme. Next, Petra Kvitova or was

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contemplating a place in the final when her to prospective opponents

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walked out on court. -- when her two prospective opponents.

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Maria Sharapova was up against the unseeded German, Sabine Lisicki.

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Sharapova is almost a part-time tennis player. The winner in 2004,

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she was chasing her first Grand Slam final for three years. Lisicki,

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who in Sri condemn to a world ranking in the 200s a few months

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ago, she was fighting history in a be great. Not since Billie-Jean

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King 48 years ago had an unseeded player made it through to the final.

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We were talking about expectations a moment ago. Sharapova,

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overwhelmingly favoured against the 21-year-old, could either seize the

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moment like never before or would freeze before the ice queen. She

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held serve safely enough. Here is what happened when the Russian's

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The more experienced woman tight at That was a return with them. It is

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great to see Lisicki playing so free so early in this match. Looks

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totally at ease on this big occasion so far. Suddenly Sharapova

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immediately facing three break Well, talk about ugly opening

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service game. A double fault to start, double fault to finish.

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2-0 became 3-0. Sharapova then held serve. Here we are at 3-1. This is

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a big opportunity for the German to APPLAUSE.

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She may well have fouled her rhythm. Good choice, good execution from

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Lisicki has good feel on a drop shot. When she goes for the

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forehand drop shot, she takes two hands back with her. She tries to

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give it some this guy is. -- some Maria is starting to find her range

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on that forehand. Finding an opportunity to step in. She has a

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very big first serve, Lisicki, but the second is very attack Kabul. --

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APPLAUSE. A good choice of shot by Lisicki

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because Maria actually had taken two steps forward to cover the drop

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It is important for Lisicki to mix CROWD GROANS.

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APPLAUSE. . We should do a coffee-table book

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of views from the Wimbledon River. Fantastic London skyline. Here we

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are at 4-4. A key moment for the Those are the shots that are so

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effective on grass, more so than on other surfaces. The deep, right

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back to the server. It is difficult for the server to handle that pace

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You get the sense Lisicki is on her heels a lot more during this match.

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Not in control as she was earlier on. Maria is starting to find her

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CROWD GROANS. Sharapova census her moment. --

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APPLAUSE. There it is! Sharapova, earlier

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problems overcome and now in control of this first set.

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A very stern face from Sharapova but despite the double faults and

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the unforced errors, she found herself at set point. She

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dispatched her first ace at that point Mac. Her steely determination.

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She's determined to be in the final once again. Into the early stages

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of the second set, Lisicki got off to a wretched start. Sharapova with

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an opportunity to break her serve at the start. The double fault

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disease is catching. Here is When hitting balls like that, you

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can afford to serve double faults. Unforced errors as well into the

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bargain. So, Sharapova, 3-0 up. That is on page 42 of our book.

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Anyway, Sharapova, a set to the good. Serving for another Grand

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UMPIRE: Lisicki is challenging the APPLAUSE.

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Not going to go gently, Lisicki. She has started to be more

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aggressive on this backhand return. We saw a couple of beauties cross-

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court in the last game. It is important to take the serve early

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and put the pressure on Maria as APPLAUSE.

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Now she seems to be playing as free as she was in those first few games,

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swinging away, not that much pressure. That is when she plays

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her best tennis, when she is relaxed. We can see that smile on

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her face a little bit more. Sharapova suddenly finds ace number

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Maria doesn't like to take her hand off the racket, and she was so

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CROWD GROANS. You felt it might go that way.

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Sharapova gives it away. Lisicki, still a break down, but still

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fighting. Still alive, somehow, in Maria would much rather be

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returning for a match than serving for a match. Especially with

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today's performance with serving. She can block the last 510 minutes

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Lisicki, cranking up the power required. All of a sudden, these

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last two service games, the first APPLAUSE.

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Well, that was a great shot by APPLAUSE.

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And almighty swipe on a forehand from Maria Sharapova it brings up

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APPLAUSE. It is out!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. Maria Sharapova is through to the

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final. It has been a long wait, but that Wimbledon final is calling

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again, once more. Sharapova, the smile might sup Centre Court.

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Many congratulations. It feels like after all the trials and

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tribulations of the last 3.5 years, you were back where you belong.

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is amazing to be back in the final of Wimbledon. It has been a while.

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To be here and to get to the final, I am really happy. It stated back

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to the start of the match when Lisicki got off to a good start.

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How did you turn it around? played really well and I did the

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opposite. It was tough. I had to stay focused. I got back on track.

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I remained really focused What do we say about that game?

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Well, it was good of Maria to pull through. She admitted it, she

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didn't play her best. Certainly the same with Lisicki. We saw a higher

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level throughout the tournament. Maria is a fighter. 13 double

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faults, though, and she's still got through it. It is easier to get

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through what on grass because she has such heavy ground strokes.

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There is no question her level is going to have to raise one or two

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not she is in the final. What did you make of it, Pat? I thought

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Lisicki played really well in the beginning. Sharapova length on the

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ground strokes was iffy, her serve was dodgy as well. But once she got

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into the rallies, her depth of forehand improved a lot. Sabine

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Lisicki, after she lost the first set, she had a bad patch for a

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little bit. And it was the end of it. Sharapova... Towards the end of

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the second set, some of those rallies were spectacular. But then,

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the odd shock as well. A double fault or a horrible volley. The

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wind was blowing up. It will be an interesting find of. So, the final,

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Kvitova... If you are going to serve 13 double faults, you were

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giving away half a set. What does that say? Is Kvitova good enough to

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take advantage of it? I don't know! Pressure! It is a good. Make. This

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is not the first time she has served two double faults. She still

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comes up to a winning. That is how good her second service. Her ground

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strokes are powerful. But can she tidy it up? Kvitova will be the

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first returner that will put pressure on Maria and make her feel

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the pain if she is serving a lot of double faults. She has had a

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relatively good draw in terms of power players. Cibulkova was a very

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good draw for Maria and Lisicki didn't do enough today when she saw

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second serve. But Kvitova will be in the baseline, looking to pounds.

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-- looking to pounce. It is all about one British man

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these days. It might not be far start the perennial search for

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British champions isn't all about Andy Murray and Liam Broady kept up

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his challenge to ended almost 50 you wait in the Boys' Singles title.

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The left-hander from Stockport took the deciding set in the quarter-

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final 13-11 and faces an Australian next. People were thinking, there

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is another Brit going out! I was pretty disappointed with myself

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with not taking it in the second set. But I got the job done in the

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end. There will be no repeat of Laura Robson's success after our

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last remaining representative lost There was more bad news for Brit

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supporters as the Mixed Doubles pairing of Fleming and Rae that one

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for Scotland last year in the Commonwealth games, they lost to

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straight sets to the Israeli perv. Don't despair. These shenanigans

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made put a smile on your face. Daniel Capel picked up an injury

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and couldn't play in the Invitational doubles. Step forward

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Daniel cash from the crowd. And Pat Cash was on the other side of the

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net with his partner. Like father, like son, the talent is clearly

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there. But the try-outs for a 4th player continued and the ball boys

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got they go. Wimbledon will winners of the future, perhaps? Wimbledon

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winners from the past, Krajicek and Ivanisevic were also in action on

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court three. Well, at least one of them was. Goran became distracted

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by the crowd, and having posed provocatively for photos, the

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Croatian decided he would rather part of the lovely ladies in the

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front row, leaving Krajicek to take on the opponents all on his own.

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And Mal -- not an insurmountable task, but two champions are better

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than one. Your family, a family of rebels.

:58:15.:58:25.
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Soap, who is playing tomorrow? Tsonga versus Djokovic, Nadal

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versus marry. You have five seconds each to tell us who is going to win

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between Nadal and Murray. Nadal. I don't know why. Andy Murray has got

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to play his best. It is not easy. am going to go whoever is going to

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