UNFANCIED No23 seed Sabine Lisicki insists she is not fazed by being installed as bookmakers favourite to win the Wimbledon singles title, after blowing the ladies draw wide open with victory over world No1 Serena Williams yesterday.
Lisicki won 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in an enthralling contest on Centre Court and will play Laura Robson’s conqueror, Kaia Kanepi, in the quarter-final – the only player ranked lower than her in the draw.
And the 23-year-old German says she feels so comfortable in SW19 that she will take increased pressure on her to win a first grand slam in her stride.
“I feel great, I played four very good matches, I think I played better with each match,” said Lisicki, who has knocked out the reigning French Open champion at the proceeding Wimbledon four years in a row. “I feel very comfortable here – having the house, having the whole team being in the house, being able to cook, having a great atmosphere.
“That’s probably one thing we’re trying to do more often in the future, to be able to rent apartments at tournaments, because that’s when I feel most comfortable.”
Williams’s defeat ended her 34-match unbeaten run, though she insisted it should not be classed as a shock.
“She plays really good on grass, so going in there you have to know that it’s definitely not going to be an easy match playing her at Wimbledon, especially on Centre Court,” said the five-time champion.
“It’s definitely not a shock, I just need to do better.”
The 31-year-old’s compatriot – and tip for the title – Sloane Stephens marched into the last eight with a three sets win over Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig.
The 2011 champion Petra Kvitova also advanced, as did No4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska and No6 seed Na Li, who will meet today on Centre Court.
In the men’s draw, top-eight seeds Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych all joined Britain’s Andy Murray in the quarter-finals.
Centre Court (1pm start)
Agnieszka Radwanska v Na Li
Petra Kvitova v Kirsten Flipkens
Court No1 (1pm start)
Sabine Lisicki v Kaia Kanepi
Sloane Stephens v Marion Bartoli
MEN’S LAST EIGHT
To be played tomorrow
Novak Djokovic v Tomas Berdych
David Ferrer v Juan Martin Del Potro
Lukasz Kubot v Jerzy Janowicz
Fernando Verdasco v Andy Murray