Wimbledon: Germany's Sabine Lisicki returns to semi-finals at SW19
Germany's Sabine Lisicki is back in the Wimbledon semi-finals following a comfortable 6-3 6-3 victory over Kaia Kanepi.
Last Updated: 03/07/13 1:04pm
The 23-year-old, who reached the final four at SW19 in 2011, followed up her upset of Serena Williams with a straight-sets victory against Laura Robson's conqueror.
The No 23 seed is just one win away from a first-ever Grand Slam final appearance with fourth-seed Agnieszka Radwanska standing in her way.
Court One was only half-full when the last-eight clash got under way with Lisicki quickest out of the blocks. An aggressive baseline player, she broke serve immediately after Kanepi failed to convert several game points.
Lisicki was holding serve with impressive ease compared to the Estonian, who was struggling to keep her big-hitting opponent at bay.
Kanepi had a chance to get back in the set in game six, only to waste a 30-15 lead as the German fought back for 4-2. It was a missed opportunity she was made to rue as Lisicki broke serve again to wrap up the first set 6-3 in 33 minutes.
There was no let-up, with the German showing why she is second only to Williams in terms of aces this year as she smashed home another clean service winner to take the first game of the second set.
Kanepi showed impressive determination to hold serve and then had three break points on the Lisicki serve, eventually converting to briefly change the outlook of the match.
However, Lisicki was not unsettled and immediately came back as a double fault saw Kanepi broken again.
The Estonian, who knocked out British hopefuls Tara Moore and Robson en route to the last eight, was made to pay for errors as she failed to cope with Lisicki's movement.
It led to the German breaking again in the sixth game. Kanepi attempted to claw her way back but it was too late, with Lisicki closing the match out in one hour and three minutes.
Lisicki is something of a grass-court specialist and she relied on her previous experience in quarter-finals from Wimbledon to help her progress on Tuesday.
"With the experience that I have from the last three times I played here in the quarters, I think it helped me a lot," she said.
"It is so nice [to be back in the semi-finals]. I did it two years ago, played very well, and now I felt even more ready for this match and yesterday I had a great challenge on the way to the semis. I think it made me ready for the semis.
"There is no pressure because for me it is still a game that I love so much. I want to keep it that way. I am going out there for every single match trying to win and we will see what happens."