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Wimbledon: Tearful Lisicki hits back to stun Li Na Sabine

Sabine Lisicki shed tears of joy after causing the biggest upset of this year's Wimbledon with a three-set victory over third seed and French Open champion Li Na.



Lisicki lost the first set and then saved two match points before clinching a memorable 3-6 6-4 8-6 victory under the Centre Court roof.

The German was a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon two years ago and looked set to break into the world's top 20 before an ankle injury ruled her out for five months and sent her ranking tumbling outside 200.

Lisicki has climbed her way back up to 62nd and showed what a threat she might pose by winning the AEGON Classic title in Birmingham two weeks ago.

The 19-year-old said: “It was really hard. I had to start from zero after being on crutches for seven weeks. It just means so much to me.”

Lisicki will face Japan's Misaki Doi, who reached the third round with a 6-3 6-1 victory over China's Jie Zheng.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova went down 6-3 6-3 to Russian compatriot Nadia Petrova, who now plays Kateryna Bondarenko.

Agnieszka Radwanska also bowed out, losing 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 to Petra Cetkovska.

Czech world number 81 Cetkovska will now face Ana Ivanovic, the 18th seed, who cruised to a 6-3 6-0 win against Eleni Daniilidou.

Klara Zakopalova teed up a meeting with either Maria Sharapova or Britain's Laura Robson after beating Lucie Safarova 6-0 6-7 (3/7) 6-4.

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