London: Sabine Lisicki, the 23rd seeded German who ended the reign of Serena Williams in fourth round, finds herself in the position of title favourite.

Her previous best Grand Slam run ended in a Wimbledon semi-final defeat to Maria Sharapova in 2011. Now Lisicki has a chance to finally reach her first major final and become the first German woman to feature in the Wimbledon title match since Steffi Graf in 1999.

She believes the experience of making the last four two years ago will prove invaluable. "I know how it is to be in the semis. I know the different atmosphere. Everything is starting to get empty in the locker room. It is a completely different feeling," she said.

Lisicki's big-serving game is perfectly suited to Wimbledon's fast grass-courts, but Radwanska will pose an especially tough test because she has been playing against the German since they were juniors.

"We didn't play for a couple of years, but it will be good challenge because we know each other since the juniors," said Radwanska, the runner-up to Williams last year.

Meanwhile, Kirsten Flipkens has warned Marion Bartoli that she has no intention of letting her fairytale run at Wimbledon come to an end in the day's other semi-final.

Flipkens knows she is one of the more unlikely All England Club semi-finalists in recent years, but the Belgian 20th seed is determined to make the most of her first appearance in the last four at a Grand Slam.

This time last year she was ranked a lowly 262 in the world after blood clots in her left ankle forced her to take several months off.


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