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WILLIAMS v LISICKI…The real final?


July 1, 2013

What an amazing first week of Wimbledon it was! And we just can’t wait to see whether Week Two brings as many thrills and spills.

In the men’s draw we have two of the four giants still standing. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic look slick, strong and so-far unchallenged.

Novak almost played the perfect match on Saturday, so you have to put him fractionally ahead of Murray at this stage. Not that you will persuade Murray fans, who are ecstatic that their man has won nine sets out of nine without any major worries.

The Brits are still dreaming of an historic double, because Laura Robson battles through to the second week too.

If Laura is to have any chance of taking the women’s title, then in my opinion Sabine Lisicki has to beat Serena Williams. Robson isn’t ready to take Williams down yet. But Lisicki?

It’s unlikely, I know. But if anyone can beat Serena this year, Lisicki can. So, while the men’s draw won’t come to a genuine climax until Sunday, we might just see the true women’s final at the start of the week.

Lisicki, you see, is fearless. Sabine was written off before she destroyed Maria Sharapova last year. She was semi-finalist the year before that. Then you have Sabine’s serve to consider. Even Serena calls it “massive.”

The American was talking on Saturday night as though she knows the mother of all battles is coming next. She knows what a threat the German is going to be.

For that very reason I still believe Williams will come out on top. She isn’t underestimating Sabine for an instant.

But Lisicki I was with Sabine on Saturday night too, and she is just as confident as an underdog can be. “Nothing to lose, she is only human and I’m going to enjoy it,’ Sabine said with a typical smile.

This is the match I’m looking forward to most. But there will be plenty more
to thrill us between now and Sunday.

Can’t wait. You?

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