Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Graf Backs Lisicki to Make Singles Final

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Graf Backs Lisicki to Make Singles Final

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STEFFI Graf is backing fellow German Sabine Lisicki to follow in her footsteps and reach the Wimbledon final.

Graf was the last German to reach the women's singles final at the All England Club, in 1999, when she lost to Lindsay Davenport, while the last of her seven titles came three years earlier.

Big-serving Lisicki was installed as favourite to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish after her stunning upset of Serena Williams in the fourth round, and there was no come-down as she eased past Kaia Kanepi on Tuesday.

Today, the 23rd seed will take on Poland's world number four Agnieszka Radwanska, who lost to Williams last year, and Graf rates Lisicki's chances.

The 22-time grand slam singles champion wrote on her Facebook page: "It's not easy for anybody to come back and play the next day after such a big victory, but Sabine Lisicki stayed focused, played smart and truly seemed to enjoy herself as she continued her winning streak.

"As confident as Lisicki has been playing and the way she's been going for her shots, I believe she has a good chance to make it to the final. …

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