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Tennis: Lisicki powers through into Wimbledon last 16

Sabine Lisicki, last year's Wimbledon beaten finalist, finally downed former world number one Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Monday to give herself a place in the last 16 this time around.

LONDON: Sabine Lisicki, last year's Wimbledon beaten finalist, finally downed former world number one Ana Ivanovic on Monday to give herself a place in the last 16 this time around.

In a match called off for bad light on Saturday, and then interrupted by rain early on Monday, the German 19th seed eventually beat the Serbian 11th seed 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Court One.

She faces Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova on Tuesday for a place in the quarter-finals.

"I always have a first here at Wimbledon so it was quite fitting to have the match suspended due to darkness, not play on the Sunday, come back, play, rain and then finish it. Finally we did it," Lisicki said.

"It was a good match. She (Ivanovic) is such a good player. I was ready and she hit amazing winners when we came out the first time and then the rain came in and then I think we were both hitting the winners."

She said she could not wait to face Shvedova, the world number 65.

"She is playing well on grass, has a big serve so I have to be ready so I'm looking forward to having another match," the hard-hitting German said.

"The fans make me feel so good here. It feels like being at home. Their cheering gives me so much energy. It's just fun.

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