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Continued: Djokovic, Murray, Williams still around at Wimbledon, but so are Janowicz, Dodig and Knapp

  • Article by: HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis Writer
  • Last update: July 1, 2013 - 2:26 AM

Consider this, too: Williams has won six titles in 2013, the same total as the other 15 remaining women combined.

While Lisicki is a mediocre 17-15 at other Grand Slam tournaments, she is 16-4 at Wimbledon, where her powerful serve is nearly as much of a threat as Williams' is on grass.

Of the women in action Monday, Lisicki leads the way by having won 93 percent of her service games in the tournament (Williams is next at 91 percent). Lisicki's 202 aces this season rank second on tour only to Williams' 292.

Lisicki reached at least the quarterfinals the previous three times she appeared at the All England Club, including a semifinal run in 2011 that featured victories over Li and Bartoli. A year ago, Lisicki beat 2004 champion and No. 1-ranked Sharapova in the fourth round.

When it was pointed out that everyone is pretty much ready to hand Williams the trophy, Lisicki smiled and recalled: "I was in that situation last year, when everybody was saying that Sharapova was the favorite. I'm probably going into that match being the underdog, but I like that."

"Probably" the underdog against Williams?

"Well, you have to play your best to beat her, that's for sure," Lisicki said. "But, you know, everybody's (a) human being."

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