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TENNIS: Lisicki plays down talk of being Wimbledon title favourite

Published:Thursday | July 4, 2013 | 9:36 AM

Sabine Lisicki has played down the pressure of being the pick of many pundits to win the Wimbledon title as she prepares for today’s semi-finals.

The German, seeded 23rd, will play Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska on Centre Court.

Their meeting will follow the clash between French 15th seed Marion Bartoli and Belgian 20th seed Kirsten Flipkens.

The world's top three players – Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka have all suffered shock exits.

Asked whether her stunning win over five-time champion Williams in the fourth round meant she was now the favourite, Lisicki said no and that there was no pressure.

Twenty-three-year-old Lisicki made the semi-finals in 2011, before losing to Sharapova, however, her powerful serve has only been topped by Williams in terms of pace over the last two weeks.

Meanwhile, Radwanska is often referred to as a different kind of player, using court craft to compensate for her lack of power.


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