Crouching tigress Radwanska pounces on Li.

3 Jul

Agnieszka Radwanska

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska at full stretch against Li Na.

World #4 Agnieszka Radwanska is on track to reach her second Wimbledon final in a row after a stirring battle with China’s Li Na. Radwanska many times had to resort to her crouching baseline defensive plays to blunt Li’s all out assault. The match went the distance. 3 hard fought sets, and it took the Pole 8 match points to see off her tenacious opponent. The win sets up a semi final showdown with the other blonde bombshell in the draw, German smiling assassin Sabine Lisicki.

This will be a match of contrasting styles. Lisicki, athletic, pounding serve, all bash and crash versus the variety, methodical point construction and subtlety of Radwanska. It has the makings of an epic contest between two fan favourites at Wimbledon. Radwanska is a former winner of the Wimbledon junior singles and has won the WTA most popular player on tour award for the past 2 years. She is the first Pole to win a WTA singles title (she currently has 12), and also the first Pole to reach a Slam final. Radwanska will have the edge in mental toughness and should get the job done.

In the other semi final, France’s wind-up toy Marion Bartoli will take on the “comeback kid” Kristen Flipkens. Flipkens fell as low as a ranking of #175 this time last year, and is now riding a wave of confidence built around her aggressive serve and attacking gamestyle.  Bartoli should have all the quirky answers, and if nervous energy is anything to go by, will win this one comfortably to set up another fascinating final on Saturday.

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