WIMBLEDON, England - Marion Bartoli caught up with her past. Agnieszka Radwanska was caught up by the future. So the most unpredictable Wimbledon of recent times will offer a women's final matching a 15th seed against a 23rd seed.
Bartoli, 28, of France, the 15th seed, needed only 62 minutes on a blue-sky day to defeat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, 6-1, 6-2, in the first semifinal on Centre Court yesterday.
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It's been six years since Bartoli reached her only previous Grand Slam final, losing the Wimbledon title to Venus Williams.
Radwanska, of Poland, the No. 4 seed, failed to hold a third-set advantage and was beaten, 6-4, 2-6, 9-7, by Sabine Lisicki of Germany, the No. 23 seed. Radwanska made the final last year and lost to Serena Williams.
Irritated by her failing, Radwanska nearly blew off Lisicki in the post-match handshake, offering her right hand across the net while staring in the other direction.
"Should I just be there and dance?" Radwanska said when asked about it. "What could I do? I mean, I didn't feel like that at that point."
Lisicki, 23, touted as one of the next top players, especially on grass with her big serve, seemed as baffled as anyone. "I didn't know why" was her comment about Radwanska's demeanor.
Radwanska broke Lisicki five straight times from the second set into the third and led 3-0 in the third. "I had a lot of chances," Radwanska said. "Just two points from the match. Then she serve second serve like 100 mph.''
With all the top seeds knocked out and a second consecutive Wimbledon final appearance on her racket, Radwanska wasn't happy. "No Serena, Maria [Sharapova] Vika [Victoria Azarenka]. Yeah, I am definitely disappointed," she said.
Bartoli, who said she napped in the locker room before the first shot, was elated.
"The last time I was so young, in a way," she recalled of the 2007 final. "I was every time the underdog coming out on the court, which this time it was totally the opposite. I was this time the highest-ranked player and I needed to put out a great performance in order to go through."
On the Fourth of July, there were American highlights. The Bryan twins of California, Mike and Bob, beat Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, in the men's doubles semifinals. They have a record 14 Grand Slam titles, and a win here Saturday would make them the first team to hold all four at the same time.
Noah Rubin of Rockville Centre and his partner, Clement Greens of Belgium, advanced in the boys doubles, beating Luca Corenteli and Lucas Gomez, 6-4, 6-4.