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national football and rugby teams will play
on the same day at the former World Cup
showpiece stadium in Soweto to honour
Nelson Mandela, bringing together in a rare
move the country's two most popular sports
that once portrayed its deep racial divisions.
The South African sports ministry said
yesterday that the Nelson Mandela Sports
Day on August 17 at FNB Stadium---
formerly Soccer City---was aimed at uniting
the country and the world "in celebration
and promotion" of the anti-apartheid
leader's legacy, as South Africans
continued to long for the critically ill former
president to recover.
While calling the sports day a celebration
of Mandela, the ministry referred to the
somber current mood in South Africa, with
its inspiring and beloved national hero, now
94, still in a critical but stable condition
after 25 days in the hospital.
"The launch happens at a time when
South Africa is a nation in distress following
the hospitalization of our father and icon
Nelson Mandela, who also happens to be
the primary inspiration behind this
initiative," the ministry said. (AP)
Football, rugby teams play on same day for Mandela
LONDON---If Sabine Lisicki had a let-
down after defeating Serena
Williams, it didn t show. If Lisicki
is penciling herself into the Wim-
bledon final, she isn t saying.
Showing no drop-off after her dra-
matic victory over Williams, the 23rd-seeded
Lisicki returned yesterday and made quick
work of a much less intimidating opponent,
46th-ranked Kaia Kanepi, dispatching her 6-
3, 6-3 in 65 minutes to advance to her second
career Wimbledon semifinal.
"I was ready today," Lisicki said. "I knew
from the past, out of experience, that I needed
to make the switch quickly to be ready, and
that s what I did."
Indeed. Lisicki opened the match by breaking
Kanepi s serve in the first game and didn t look
back in that set. In the second, she had one hic-
cup---a game in which she double-faulted three
times to drop a break and fall behind 2-1. She
broke back right away, however, and won four of
the next five games to close out the match.
Now, the 23-year-old German finds herself
in the Wimbledon semifinals for the second
time in three years. Her win against
Williams made her the new, odds-on
favourite to win the title and even
pushed Britain s favourite tennis play-
er, Andy Murray, off the back pages
of a couple London tabloids.
All of which means almost noth-
ing---at least to hear Lisicki tell it.
"Match by match," she said.
"Did that from the start and will
continue to do that."
Her next opponent is No 4
Agnieszka Radwanska, who defeat-
a match that took more than 3½
hours to complete and included two
rain delays, an injury timeout and a final
game that lasted more than ten min-
The other semifinal
will pit No 15 Marion
Bartoli of France against
No 20 Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.
Flipkens beat eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova 4-
6, 6-3, 6-4 to knock the last remaining Grand
Slam tournament winner out of the draw. Flip-
kens won her first career Grand Slam quarter-
final, continuing quite a comeback from health
problems that knocked her down to No 262
last year, not even eligible for the Wimbledon
"The people believing in
me, I can count on one
hand," said Flipkens, who
was sidelined with
blood clots in her legs.
"It s amazing."
remaining American singles player out of the
tournament, beating Sloane Stephens 6-4, 7-5
in a match that included a 2½-hour rain delay.
After the delay, Bartoli came out and won two
points to secure the first set.
Soon after, she was show-
ered with boos because
she had asked the
umpire to stop the
match in the first set
when it started
sprinkling on Court
"I didn t really get
why the crowd was so
against me at that point,"
"Already, the courts were a
bit slippery even when it s dry.
When it s wet, it can get dangerous. I
didn t want to stop the match for no rea-
son. It was a precaution. I saw the crowd
go against me but I m just glad to be
moving on to the semifinals."
This is her deepest trip at a Grand Slam
since the 2011 French Open and her deepest
trip at Wimbledon since 2007, when she lost
to Venus Williams in what remains her only
Grand Slam final.
Radwanska moved one win from her
second straight Wimbledon final, put-
ting Li away on the eighth match point.
Radwanska called for a medical timeout
after the second set so a trainer could
work on her right thigh. Up 5-2 in the
third set, she called for the trainer again
for a quick treatment on both legs.
"If it s the end of a Grand Slam you
don t really think about the pain or
anything else," Radwanska said. "You
just fight until the end. That s what I
was doing today."
With Radwanska advancing, Poland is
guaranteed a semifinalist in both the
men s and women s draws. Today, Jerzy
Janowicz plays Lukasz Kubot in an all-
Polish men s quarterfinal. (AP)
SABINE STORMS PAST KAIA TO REACH WIMBLEDON SEMIS
"I was ready today. I knew from the past,
out of experience, that I needed to make the
switch quickly to be ready, and that's what I did."
of Germany reacts as
she wins a Women's
match against Kaia
Kanepi of Estonia at
the All England Lawn
in Wimbledon, London,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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