Sabine Lisicki admits she is already looking forward to her next match after taking care of pre-tournament favourite Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon on Monday (Lisicki 8/1 Wimbledon Outright with bet365).
Sharapova was tipped to go all the way at SW19 this year after winning her first French Open title and heading into the years’ third Grand Slam as the in-form player.
But she was unable to deal with the German’s powerful groundstrokes and crashed out in straight sets, with Lisicki now set to face compatriot Angelique Kerber in the quarter-finals (Lisicki Evens, Kerber 4/5 Match Prices with bet365).
Lisicki needed three match points to get over the line and the 22-year-old admitted afterwards that she feels right at home at the All England Club and hopes to use her battling qualities to go even further in the event.
“It’s my favourite tournament. I love the grass and the crowd,” she said. “I am a fighter, I got to the last point, the last game was tough and I’m happy.
“I’m getting better with each match and am looking forward to another one.”
Kerber hammered four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters 6-1 6-1 to set up the clash with the 15th seed and is the slight favourite to triumph in their last-eight encounter.
But she is in unfamiliar territory, having never before progressed past the third round at the famous venue, and will face a much tougher opponent later this week, with Clijsters never as at home on the grass as she is at the other ‘Slams.