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The women’s quartet, meanwhile, has participated in a total of two Grand Slam finals, both at Wimbledon: Bartoli lost to Venus Williams in 2007, and Radwanska lost to Serena Williams last year.
This is Lisicki’s second Grand Slam semifinal; she lost one at Wimbledon two years ago. Flipkens, meanwhile, only once even made it as far as the fourth round at a major tournament until this week, so she’ll be making her semifinal debut.
She sure has come a long way from a year ago at this time, when she was winning the title at a low-level, $25,000 tournament on clay. Blood clots in her leg had forced her off the WTA tour for two months, and her ranking slid outside the top 250, so she couldn’t even get into the draw for qualifying at Wimbledon.
"I think I’m the most surprising name in the last four," Flipkens acknowledged, "but I don’t really care, to be honest, at this moment."
And why should she?
What matters is that she is one of only four women who still have a chance to earn the championship Saturday.
"It’s a dream — more than a dream — coming true," Flipkens said. "There’s no words."
The 27-year-old Flipkens and 28-year-old Bartoli have never played a match.
Perhaps not surprisingly, they don’t know much about each other, either.
"I only know she has a two-handed forehand and backhand," said Flipkens, who wears eyeglasses on court. "That’s about it."
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