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Lisicki holds nerve to sweep past Ivanovic at Wimbledon

Lisicki holds nerve to sweep past Ivanovic at Wimbledon

While Eugenie Bouchard won the last four games to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals with a 7-6 (5), 7-5 win over Alize Cornet.

London: Last year's Wimbledon runner-up, Sabine Lisicki of Germany, reached the fourth round by beating 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Monday in a match that began two days earlier.

The second set was at 1-all on Saturday night when the match was suspended because of darkness.

Wimbledon takes the middle Sunday off, which is why the 19th-seeded Lisicki and 11th-seeded Ivanovic didn't resume until Monday.

Lisicki has made it to at least the fourth round on her last five appearances at the All England Club. She got to the quarterfinals in 2009 and 2012, the semifinals in 2011, and lost to Marion Bartoli in the 2013 final. Lisicki missed the 2010 tournament with a left ankle injury.

Lisicki next faces 65th-ranked Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.

In another match, Eugenie Bouchard won the last four games to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals with a 7-6 (5), 7-5 win over Alize Cornet.

Cornet, who upset Serena Williams in the third round, led 5-3 in the second set but lost her next two service games and the match.

Bouchard, who is the only woman this year to have advanced to the semifinals of both Grand Slam tournaments, will next face either 2004 champion Maria Sharapova or Angelique Kerber.

The 20-year-old Bouchard, a former junior champion at Wimbledon, is making her second appearance at the All England Club after reaching the third round in 2013.

first published:June 30, 2014, 20:54 IST