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Wimbledon 2011: Sabine Lisicki beats Marion Bartoli, advances to semifinal

Sabine Lisicki is the first semifinalist. (EDDIE KEOGH / REUTERS)

Lisicki, an unseeded 19-year-old from Germany who is being called the next Steffi Graf after knocking Caroline Wozniacki out of the tournament Monday, battled back from a serious ankle injury that sidelined her for most of 2010. Lisicki will play Maria Sharapova in a semifinal Thursday.

“It’s still unbelievable,” said Lisicki, who lives and trains in Florida. “I cannot explain how I felt at the moment. It was just such a tough road back and it’s so wonderful to be standing on Centre Court at Wimbledon, which I love so much. It’s just ... I’m so happy.”

Bartoli, the ninth seed from France, sent Serena Williams packing Monday.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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