London - Germany's Sabine Lisicki followed-up her shock defeat of Serena
Williams with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Estonia's Kaia Kanepi on Tuesday to
reach her second Wimbledon semi-final.
The German 23rd seed, who
also made the last-four as a wildcard in 2011, goes on to face Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, the runner-up to five-time
champion Williams last year, for a place in
"It was an amazing match yesterday, but I had to make
sure that I had calmed down and was ready for today," said Lisicki, who
completed victory in her fourth Wimbledon quarter-final just before rain
began to fall.
"I have had experience of other years to help me. I also played the semi-finals in 2011 so that helped me be ready for today."
who was defeated by Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals two years ago,
insisted that she felt no pressure coming into Wednesday's match having
downed Williams in the fourth round.
"There's no pressure. I just keep playing the game that I love," she added.
also a surface she loves -- the German's record at Wimbledon stands at
18 wins and just four losses while she is only 16-15 at the three other
Kanepi has now played and lost six quarter-finals at the majors.
"I hit winners in previous matches and did well, but today I was missing a lot," admitted the 28-year-old.
"But on grass there is no Plan B. I just have to go for my shots. If there is a ball, I have to hit it."
showed no signs of a hangover from her two-hour, three-set triumph over
Williams 24 hours earlier as the 23-year-old Florida-based German broke
the world number 46 Kanepi in the opening game on a half-full Court
She backed it up with another solid break in the ninth game to take the opening set.
whose ranking slumped to 218 in March 2011 as she battled a
career-threatening ankle injury, suffered a brief wobble when she was
broken for the first time in the third game of the second set by the
But she levelled immediately before going
on to claim five of the next six games to clinch victory inside just 65
minutes on the back of 23 solid winners.
Later Tuesday, 2011
champion Petra Kvitova, the highest seed left in the bottom half of the
draw following the shock first week exits of Sharapova and Victoria
Azarenka, takes on Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens.
Czech eighth seed Kvitova, the only player born in the 1990s to win a major, is bidding for a third Wimbledon semi-final.
Flipkens, the 27-year-old 20th seed, is playing in her first Grand Slam quarter-final.
missed the tournament last year after spending two months away from the
sport battling blood clots in her legs, an absence which saw her
ranking plummet to 262 in the world.
The winner of that tie will
face either French 15th seed Marion Bartoli, the 2007 runner-up, or
American 17th seed Sloane Stephens, who was a semi-finalist at the
Australian Open this year.
Results from the eighth day of Wimbledon (x denotes seeded player):
Sabine Lisicki (GER x23) bt Kaia Kanepi (EST) 6-3, 6-3
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x4) bt Li Na (CHN x6) 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-2
Marion Bartoli (FRA x15) bt Sloane Stephens (USA x17) 6-4, 7-5
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL x20) bt Petra Kvitova (CZE x8) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4