Sabine Lisicki wins marathon match, reaches first Wimbledon final
Sabine Lisicki fought back in the third set to earn her first appearance in a Wimbledon final, the first by a German woman since Steffi Graf in 1999.
While Marion Bartoli made reaching the Wimbledon final look easy, Sabine Lisicki had a much more difficult time, though she achieved the same result.
It ended up being the longest match in terms of games at this year's Wimbledon, but Lisicki, the No. 23 seed, eventually dispatched fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 2-6, 9-7 and earned a berth in Saturday's final with Bartoli.
"Unbelievable. The last few games were so exciting," Lisicki said afterwards. "We were fighting. Agnieska played so well. I made it."
Radwanska dropped the first set but roared back to easily win the second and grabbed a 3-0 lead in the final set. Lisicki roared back, though, eventually knotting the score at three games apiece. The two traded games from there until Lisicki finally broke Radwanska and held serve to close out the match.
Lisicki had already made noise in this year's championship by beating top-seed Serena Williams. Now, the German will play in the first Grand Slam final of her career.
"I thought 'OK. You've done it against Serena; you can do it again,'" Lisicki said. "I haven't really thought about [the final]. I'll enjoy today and refocus tomorrow."
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