GERMANY’S Sabine Lisicki says she is just one match away from fulfilling her childhood dream after yesterday reaching the Wimbledon final by stunning No4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska on Centre Court.
Lisicki, seeded 24th, found herself 3-0 down in the deciding set and on a run of losing six successive games.
However, the 23-year-old bounced back to triumph 6-4, 2-6, 9-7 and reach her first ever grand slam final, just three years after a serious ankle injury saw her take five months away from the court and plummet to 218th in the world rankings.
But the resurgent Lisicki is now bidding to become Germany’s first Wimbledon champion since Steffi Graf in 1996, an achievement she has always wished for.
“I’ve been dreaming about that since I’m a little girl,” said Lisicki. “The first time that I was here I fell in love with Wimbledon. It was the place I always wanted to play at. I just can’t wait to play on Saturday.”
Lisicki will meet 2007 runner-up Marion Bartoli in tomorrow’s final, after the French No15 seed needed just 63 minutes to beat Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-2 – crediting a 20-minute power-nap between her morning practice and semi-final as the key to her success.