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LONDON---In 11 of the past 13 years,
Serena or Venus Williams---and sometimes
both---reached the Wimbledon final. The
sisters collected five championships each in
This time around, Serena lost in the
fourth round. Venus didn't show up at all,
sidelined by a bad lower back.
So the 2013 semifinals at the All England
Club on Thursday will be populated by a far
less famous, and far less accomplished,
Still, No 4-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska
of Poland, No 15 Marion Bartoli of France,
No 20 Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, and No
23 Sabine Lisicki of Germany provide a
fitting foursome for a Wimbledon unlike
Not only has none of the four women left
won a Wimbledon title, none has won any
Grand Slam title.
Petra Kvitova, the tournament's 2011
champion, probably put it best after losing
in the quarterfinals: "Very weird Grand Slam
Indeed. Never before in the 45-year Open
era had no previous major champion reached
the Wimbledon women's semifinals. (AP)
Four women with zero major titles reach Wimbledon semis
LONDON---Andy Murray had all of Britain
on edge for five sets.
Juan Martin del Potro only took five points
to get the fans buzzing at Wimbledon.
Two victories in two very different matches
yesterday sent Murray and del Potro onto the
semifinals at the All England Club.
Murray completed his seventh career come-
back from two sets down to top Fernando
Verdasco 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5.
"Made some bad mistakes, poor choices on
the court," Murray said. "And then, I turned
it around really well after that."
Earlier on Centre Court, del Potro hyper-
extended his left knee and crumpled to the
ground on the fifth point, but shook off the
injury for a 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory over No
4 David Ferrer.
"To be honest, I didn t want to retire (being)
in the quarters for first time at Wimbledon,"
del Potro said. "And that s the reason for con-
tinuing play. The doctors gave me good anti-
Del Potro s next match is Friday against No
1 Novak Djokovic, who beat No 7 Tomas
Berdych 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3 on Court 1.
Murray will play No 24 Jerzy Janowicz, a 7-
5, 6-4, 6-4 winner over Lukasz Kubot in the first
Grand Slam meeting between two Polish men.
Going against the 54th-ranked Verdasco,
Murray certainly made things interesting for
the British fans, looking for one of their own
to call a Wimbledon champion for the first
time in 77 years. He dropped the first two
sets, unable to handle Verdasco s pinpoint
Slowly, he crept back into the match. In the
sixth game of the fourth set, Murray saved a
pair of break points---first with a service winner,
then with one of his 13 aces. Three games
later, he broke Verdasco, then served out the
set. In the fifth set, the players held serve for
ten straight games. In the 11th, Murray broke,
then served out the match at love.
"I played at a very high level," said Verdasco,
appearing in a Grand Slam quarterfinal for
the first time since the 2010 US Open. "And
to not be able to win is painful, of course."
It was Murray s second comeback from two
sets down at Wimbledon, adding to a 2008
victory over Richard Gasquet.
"Yeah, you re obviously concerned," Murray
said. "You re more concerned about losing
the match, not thinking so much that, I m
going to lose at Wimbledon. You re concerned
how the match is going and that you may
In the earlier match, it looked as if del Potro
would be done before things really got rolling.
His left knee mummified in athletic tape,
the tall Argentine chased an overhead into the
corner, but his left foot slipped out from under
him. His already aching knee straightened
suddenly, then bent backward. Del Potro crum-
pled to the ground and rolled twice---into the
far edge of the court.
After a break of about ten minutes, del Potro
was back on the court. He broke Ferrer twice
in the first set, then moved easily through the
second and third against one of the grittiest
players in tennis.
Across the way, on Court 1, Janowicz beat
Kubot to become the first Polish man to reach
a Grand Slam semifinal.
After the match, the Davis Cup team-mates
hugged at the net for more than 15 seconds,
then exchanged shirts the way football players
often do at their games. A bit later, Janowicz
sat in his chair, clasped his hands over his
nose and cried.
About playing Murray, who won his first
Grand Slam tournament last year at the US
Open, Janowicz said: "I hope Andy will feel
some kind of pressure. I m sure he ll feel some
kind of pressure because Great Britain is waiting
for the English champion in Wimbledon."
During a tournament with more than its
share of twists and turns---to say nothing of
slips and slides---Djokovic and del Potro have
gone through virtually unscathed, on the score-
board at least. Neither man has dropped a
set.Djokovic overcame a two-break, 3-0 deficit
in the second set to cruise to his latest victory
over Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-
up. Djokovic is in his 13th straight Grand Slam
semifinal and in search of his seventh major
"Coming into the semifinals, I feel physically
fresh," Djokovic said.
Del Potro wouldn t quite use those terms
to describe himself.
He is, however, starting to show the form
he used to win his only major championship,
the US Open in 2009, which also marks the
last time he reached a Grand Slam semifinal.
He is 3-8 lifetime against Djokovic, though
one of those victories came at the All England
Club when he beat the Serb in the Olympic
bronze-medal match last year. Del Potro also
won their last meeting, earlier this year on
hard court in Indian Wells, California.
"He struggled with injuries in last few years,
but every time he comes back, he comes back
very strong because he just has this talent,"
Djokovic said. (AP)
TO TOP VERDASCO
Andy Murray of
Britain plays a return
to Fernando Verdasco
of Spain during their
quarterfinal match at
the All England Lawn
Murray won 4-6, 3-6,
6-1, 6-4, 7-5. AP PHOTO
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