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Sabine Lisicki is going through the gears

By Nick Purewal

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 yesterday 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.

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. With her, you have to be ready for every single point.

"If you have a chance you have to use it, otherwise it can be gone in no time."

In a fourth-round all-Czech battle, Lucie Safarova won 6-0 6-2 against Tereza Smitkova and will face Russian Makarova next for a place in the semi-finals.

Smitkova's fine serve and forehand have carried her far at the All England Club, but she was disarmed by the world number 23's movement and depth.

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