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Bad light denies result for Lisicki and Ivanovic

Sabine Lisicki prepares to return serve
Saturday 28 June 2014

The blockbuster third round match between 2013 finalist Sabine Lisicki and No.11 seed Ana Ivanovic has been suspended with Lisicki leading by a set on No.1 Court.

The big-hitting German imposed her powerful style on the match, smacking 20 winners to eight to take the first set, before play was suspended with games on serve at 1-1 in the second set.

It was Lisicki taking the initiative early, moving ahead 2-1 with a break of serve and pumping her fist as she jogged to the chair.

Ivanovic, who has enjoyed a solid 2014 season, broke back immediately to level, only for Lisicki to score another break in the fifth game, one highlighted by several entertaining points that had the No.1 Court crowd applauding in appreciation.

In the pivotal eighth game, Ivanovic had chances to level the set at 4-4, but Lisicki’s serve proved too powerful. She eventually hit her way out of trouble with a forehand winner to hold for 5-3.

Ivanovic had chances again on Lisicki’s serve, this time in the 10th game. Yet down 15-30, the German won a lengthy point with a wrong-footing backhand winner, and at deuce, Ivanovic became furious with herself after dumping a second serve return into the net, handing her opponent the advantage.

Lisicki followed up with a big serve to clinch the set, and two games later, the decision was made to hold the match over to Monday.

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