Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - The new women's Wimbledon champion
will be decided on Saturday, when 15th-seeded former runner-up Marion Bartoli
clashes with 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki.
The two women were Thursday's semifinals winners on Centre Court at the
famed All England Club, as the German slugger Lisicki upset fourth-
seeded 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 9-7 and
France's Bartoli secured a berth in her second Wimbledon final in seven years
with an easy 6-1, 6-2 victory over 20th-seeded Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.
Bartoli and the Florida resident Lisicki will meet for a fourth time on the
WTA level, with the German leading their lifetime series, 3-1. Bartoli beat
Lisicki in the opening round here on the Wimbledon grass in 2008, while
the German topped the Frenchwoman in the quarterfinals at the All
England Club two years ago. Lisicki also beat Bartoli in two other WTA
matches, both in Charleston, in 2009 and 2011.
The 28-year-old Bartoli was the 2007 Wimbledon runner-up, losing to five-
time winner Venus Williams. She owns seven career titles overall and has been
a runner-up on 11 occasions on the WTA circuit. Her last title came in Osaka,
Japan in 2011.
The 23-year-old Lisicki, who shocked defending champion Serena Williams in the
fourth round on Monday, will appear in her first-ever major final and is the
first German Wimbledon finalist since the great Steffi Graf in 1999.
Lisicki is seeking her fourth career title in her eighth final.
Saturday's big winner will become a first-time major singles champ and
collect $2.4 million.
The Sports Network