After an epic match on court 2 between Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber the crowd were then treated with another good match up as the inform player Timea Bacsinszky faced Sabine Lisicki who is at home on the grass and always puts on a performance at Wimbledon. Could Timea be the first player since 2008 (her 1st ever appearance at Wimbledon, going out in R1) to beat Sabine Lisicki before the quarter finals at Wimbledon?
It was the Swiss who started the match and got off to a very good start against the German holding serve immediately. Lisicki who didn’t really get going against McHale in the first set had a slow start to this one going 0-30 down and the 15-40 after three unforced errors which was then followed by another error from Lisicki who quickly went 2-0 down. 2-0 became 3-0 as Timea held serve well following more errors from the German. Some good defending and from Bacsinszky followed by a drop shot to bring Lisicki forward opened up the court and Timea hit the winner to take a 4-0 lead. The first set looked over at this point with Bacsinszky serving for a 5-0 lead but then faced her first break points of the tournament, she managed to save two of them but not the third after an error and Lisicki got one of the breaks back but still 1-4 down. Lisicki started to find her rhythm with a good hold of serve for 2-4. Lisicki just couldn’t get the break back in the set and ended up losing the first set 6-3.
Just as Lisicki looked to have found her feet in the match and in the set looking good for holding serve at 2-1 the German was broken by the Swiss for the third time in the match to take a 2-1 lead. Bacsinszky had to do a bit more defending on her serve as Lisicki worked some break points but couldn’t find the shot to convert them and Timea took full control going 6-3 3-1 up. It went from bad to worse for Lisicki as she was broken again for 1-4 and then Timea held for 1-5 and one game away from knocking out the German. Sabine then went 0-40 down on serve serving to stay in the match, Sabine did go on to hold serve for 2-5 and would force Bacsinszky to serve it out! Timea had no worries serving out the match became the first player to beat Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon before the fourth round since 2008.
A little bit of trivia to end the piece, the last player to beat Sabine Lisicki before the fourth round since 2008 was Marion Bartoli who Sabine lost to at the Wimbledon final in 2013.