Lisicki sneaks past Shvedova

An injury hampered Sabine Lisicki has defeated Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 3-6 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. Lisicki struggled with a shoulder injury throughout the match, serving 20 double faults but somehow managed grind out a gutsy win.

The first set was a pretty sloppy affair, both ladies struggled to find any rhythm. The two would trade service breaks before trading service holds. A forehand cross-court winner sealed a crucial break for Sabine in the sixth game of the opening set. Lisicki would eventually serve out the set 6-3.

Shvedova raced away to a 3-0 lead in the second set. The Kazakhstani number 1 started playing a bit more patiently, working the point much better than she did in the opening set. Just like in the opening set, Lisicki would hit back. The German levelling the set at 3-3 and once again seemed to be in control of the match. Another string of three consecutive games would go to Shvedova, as she took the second set 6-3. Lisicki was unable to win a single point on her second serve in the second set.

After saving two break poitns at 1-1, Sabine Lisicki would call for the trainer when faced with a third break point. It soon became apparent that the German was struggling with some kind of shoulder injury. Sabine returned to court and won three straight points to hold serve and take a 2-1 lead. Shvedova seemed to lose her rhythm during the break. A loose game for Yaroslava would see Lisicki break for a 3-1 lead. Lisicki's shoulder problems became quite obvious as she her service speed dropped dramatically. Shvedova would take advantage of her opponents vulnerability to break before levelling the set at 3-3. At 15-40 facing two break points, the match was seemingly over with Lisicki struggling to generate any pace on her second serve. Out of nowhere the German would raise her intensity, holding in what would turn about to be a critical game. After failing to serve out the match at 5-3 it felt like it was now or never for Sabine in the tenth game. Lisicki willed herself to victory, breaking to take the set 6-4. A gutsy performance from German, a real missed opportunity for Shvedova.

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