Lisicki moves on

Sabine Lisicki moved into the fourth round at Wimbledon as last year’s runner-up again showed her liking for the grass in south-west London.

Lisicki moves on

Sabine Lisicki moved into the fourth round at Wimbledon as last year’s runner-up again showed her liking for the grass in south-west London.

The 19th-seeded German is making up for her slow start to the season and has won three consecutive matches for the first time anywhere this year.

Lisicki was first up on Court One in a match against 11th seed Ana Ivanovic that was carried over from Saturday, when she led the Serbian 6-4 1-1 as darkness fell, and survived a second-set slump to win through 6-4 3-6 6-1.

“It was a good match. She’s such a good player and I was ready,” Lisicki said.

Next for Lisicki will be Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova who was expecting to be back on Court 12 on Monday morning to resume her tussle with 19-year-old American Madison Keys.

However Keys retired from the match, in which she trailed 7-6 (9/7) 6-6, because of a thigh injury she was unable to run off in practice.

Lisicki said of the prospect of facing Shvedova: “I have had a great few matches here. She’s playing well on grass and has a big serve so I have to be ready but I’m looking forward to another match.”

Eugenie Bouchard has already gone one better than 24-year-old Lisicki and 26-year-old Shvedova, securing a place in the last eight by beating Alize Cornet on Centre Court.

Cornet beat world number one Serena Williams in the third round on Saturday but could not repeat the feat as 20-year-old Canadian Bouchard stayed on course for a third straight grand slam semi-final appearance with a battling 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 victory.

Her next task will come against Maria Sharapova or Angelique Kerber.

The 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova defeated China’s Shuai Peng 6-3 6-2, and the Czech will take on compatriot Barbora Zahlavova Strycova next.

Zahlavova Strycova followed up her win against number two seed Li Na by reaching her maiden grand slam quarter-final with a 6-2 7-5 victory over former world number one Caroline Wozniacki.

In a fourth-round all-Czech battle, Lucie Safarova won out 6-0 6-2 against qualifier Tereza Smitkova.

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