Wimbledon 2013: Know the ladies' singles semi-finalists
Zee Media Bureau
Wimbledon will see a different ladies champion for the first time after two years. With a series of upsets in the tournament, with big names like Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na, out in early rounds, it is to be seen who gets the coveted Venus Rosewater Dish.
The route to the semi-finals has been relatively easy for the fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska. En-route to semi-finals, Radwanska has defeated the number six seed Li Na in a tough three setter.
She was a finalist in 2012, but lost the championship to Serena Williams.
She is the first Polish player in the Open Era to reach the singles final of a Grand Slam (Wimbledon Championships 2012), the first Pole to claim a WTA singles title and the winner of the longest three-set match played at the WTA Tour Championships.
The German is known for causing major upsets in Wimbledon for two years in a row. In 2012, she defeated top seed Maria Sharapova while this year she stunned defending champion Serena Williams.
En route to semi-finals she has defeated Francesca Schivone, Elena Vesnina, Samantha Stosur, Serena Williams and Kaia Kanepi.
She turned professional in 2006 and her breakthrough came in 2009 when she reached the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Championships and won her first WTA title, the Family Circle Cup, against Caroline Wozniacki.
Twentieth seed Belgian Kirsten Flipkens packed off 2011 champion Petra Kvitova in the quarter-finals. On her way to semi-finals she has defeated Flavia Pennetta, Vesna Dolonc, Bojana Jovanovski and Yulia Putintseva.
She has won one WTA singles title, 12 ITF singles titles, and one ITF doubles title.
She now faces Marion Bartoli to reach her first grand slam final.
Marion Bartoli has been a regular in Wimbledon for ten years now. In 2007, she was a finalist here but lost to Venus Williams. Bartoli has defeated three reigning world no. 1 players in her career so far. She defeated Justine Henin in the semi-final of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, Jelena Jankovic in the fourth round of the 2009 Australian Open, and Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open.
She overpowered US tennis sensation Slaone Stephens in the quarterfinals and en-route defeated Elina Svitolina, Christina McHale, Camila Giorgi and Karin Knapp. Bartoli has reached at least the quarter-final stage at each of the four Grand Slams.
She now faces Kirsten Flipkens in the semi-final.