WIMBLEDON, England --
Lisicki, seeded No. 24, rode out a wild turn of events on Thursday to upset No. 4
Lisicki will face No. 15
“I fought with all my heart and believed I could still win, no matter what the score was,” said Lisicki, who is -- believe it or not --
She had also trailed Williams, 3-0, in the third set of their match and was down a break before rallying to defeat the world's top-ranked player.
In a thoroughly entertaining match that veered wildly in favor of each player at different times, Lisicki faded in the second set but found new strength in the third to break Radwanska's serve and go up, 5-4, with a chance to serve for the match. However, Radwanska -- who played with both thighs tightly bandaged and often applied ice packs to her legs during breaks -- fought back for 5-5 and went ahead, 6-5, with a service winner.
Lisicki responded with a splendid service game that included a 115-mph serve and climbed back to equal footing at 6-6. But Radwanska regained the lead at 7-6 with an ace, only to have Lisicki pull even at 7-7 when a cross-court shot hit the net and fell back on Radwanska's side.
Lisicki broke Randwanska's serve for an 8-7 lead and served for the match for the second time. Radwanska staved off one match point but Lisicki finished if off with a forehand winner.
Lisicki humbled top-ranked Williams in the fourth round and defeated
This will be the 15th women’s final featuring two players vying for their first career Grand Slam title. The most recent was the 2010
Lisicki is the first German woman to reach a Grand Slam singles final since 1999, when
Separately, Wimbledon officials announced the schedule for Friday’s men’s semifinals on Center Court. No. 1
And on the Fourth of July, there was a rare but significant American success to report here.
In men's doubles, top-seeded twins Bob and Mike Bryan advanced to Saturday's final and sustained their hopes of winning all four Slams in a row for the first time. They defeated Rohan Bopanna of India and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, on Thursday.
They will face