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Today, only women will be playing on the courts. The top players that are still competing today to reach the final include: Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Kaia Kanepi, Marion Bartoli.

Read below the latest updates and match reports from Wimbledon...

Kirsten Flipkens stunned to reach semi-finals after shock win over former champion Petra Kvitova

Kirsten Flipkens punched the air with delight after stunning former champion Petra Kvitova to move one step away from the Wimbledon final.

The Belgian won the girls' title 10 years ago but has since struggled to translate her junior results into performances at the highest level.

However her moment looks to have arrived, and after a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win against the 2011 champion it will be Marion Bartoli of France next for the 27-year-old on Thursday.

Flipkens, cutting a distinctive figure in glasses and a white headband, with matching white taping on her left knee, savoured the Centre Court occasion and finished off with an ace.

The last glasses-wearing women's singles champion at Wimbledon was Martina Navratilova in 1990, and the furthest Flipkens has ever progressed at a grand slam before this tournament was her run to the fourth round of this year's Australian Open.

"It's amazing," she told the BBC, "more than a dream come true to be in the semi-finals of a grand slam, it's ridiculous.

"Last year I did not even get into the qualifying at Wimbledon. I was 260th in the world and today I am in the semi-finals of Wimbledon. It cannot be better.

"I still cannot believe it. I was so calm, I had nothing to lose, I just went for my shots. Petra was playing really well in the first set and I really had a lot of problems with the way she was playing and I just had to go for it from the second set on. I am so happy. You can't imagine."


Marion Bartoli ends hopes of last US player Sloane Stephens

Marion Bartoli of France eliminated the last U.S. player at Wimbledon on Tuesday, reaching her third Grand Slam semifinal by beating Sloane Stephens 6-4, 7-5 in a rain-interrupted, break-filled match.

.The 15th-seeded Bartoli, the 2007 runner-up at the All England Club, was leading 5-4 with Stephens serving at deuce when they resumed after a 2{-hour rain delay. Bartoli won the next two points, the latter a 27-stroke exchange, to take the opening set. 

That began a stretch in which Bartoli broke Stephens five consecutive times, four at love. After Stephens broke to get within 5-4, then held to 5-all, Bartoli took the last two games, including yet another break at love to end the quarterfinal. 

In Thursday's semifinals, Bartoli faces 20th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens, who defeated 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.


Agnieszka Radwanska closes in on a successive All England Club finals after beating Li Na

Agnieszka Radwanska maintained the feel-good factor around Polish tennis as she put in a gutsy performance to defeat Li Na and reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon.

Having seen compatriots Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot make the last eight of the men's draw yesterday, the pressure was on Radwanska today and the fourth seed delivered after a lengthy clash on Centre Court which she won 7-6 (7/5) 4-6 6-2.

Radwanska, runner-up last year, saved four set points in the opening set and she also had to contend with thigh problems during the match.

Radwanska, who is bidding to win her first grand slam, admitted afterwards that she was struggling to cope with her injury through the latter stages of today's quarter-final win.

"It's because of too much tennis over the last few days," Radwanska told the BBC.

"That's why I was struggling. But it's a good problem. I will keep going and try my best."

Radwanska is looking forward to playing Serena Williams' conqueror Sabine Lisicki in the semi-finals on Thursday.

"I am very to happy go through," said Radwanska, who is the highest-ranked player left in the tournament.

"Sabine and I know each other so it will be a big challenge for me to play her on grass."

Radwanska, who is aiming to become the first Pole in history to win a grand slam singles title, started poorly this afternoon as Li broke immediately.

The Pole hit back straight away, however, when her Chinese opponent went long with a backhand.

Li then gained the upper hand, taking the ninth game to move 5-4 ahead. Serving for the set, nerves got the better of the Chinese as she wasted four chances to win the game and Radwanska broke, setting up a tie-break.

Radwanska, seeded fourth, earned two set points in an error-strewn breaker and she took the first one available to win the showdown.

After a brief rain delay, Radwanska wasted little time on stamping her authority on the second set, breaking early on when Li netted.

Li then converted her first break point of the set with a smash.

Radwanska had a chance to break back straight away, but this time Li kept her cool and opened up an angle to send down a forehand winner.

Radwanska then buckled under pressure, losing the set 6-4 after being broken at the worst possible time.

After almost 10 minutes of treatment on her right thigh, Radwanska returned to action wearing heavy strapping, but it was clear from the off that the injury was not hindering her.

The Pole broke Li to move 1-0 up before rain brought play to a halt. The players returned after 25 minutes and Radwanska remained on top.

The 24-year-old missed four chances to break again, but took the fifth when Li sent a forehand wide following a tense rally.

Li was made to serve to stay in the set, but she struggled to land her first service and had to save two match points.

Radwanska had some further treatment, this time to her left thigh.

Serving for the match, she was then hit by a bout of nerves.

The Pole had to save three break points and she spurned five more match points, before eventually booking her place in the semi-finals after two hours and 43 minutes on court.


Serena Williams' conqueror Sabine Lisicki books her place in the semi-finals

23-year-old German defeats Kaia Kanepi 6-3 6-3 to equal her previous best at the All England Tennis Club

No face-first communion with the court today, just a double-handed salute and a kiss to the crowd from Sebine Lisicki, the first woman into the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Her 6-3, 6-3 victory over Laura Robson’s conqueror, Kaia Kanepi, was another demonstration of the power hitting that rolled Serena Williams yesterday. And how Wimbledon is learning to love the 23 seed from Germany, who hammers home 118mph serves with a smile.

“I’m very happy. It was an amazing match yesterday and I had to make sure I came down quickly enough to be ready for today,” Lisicki said. “Experience of last three quarter-finals helped me. I have had great challenges on way to the semis, so I think I’m ready.”

Robson claimed that the fervour that had grown around her own Wimbledon challenge led her to go for the Hollywood shot when it might have been better to keep it simple against Kanepi. After her epic win over Williams the affection of those on Court No.1 has transferred to Lisicki, a development she welcomes, not fears.

“There is no pressure,” she said. “This is a game I love so much. I want to keep it that way. I’m going out to win every game so we will see what happens. It is great to have the crowd behind you here. This is the best support you can get, and to see them smile too is a pleasure.”

Kanepi admitted she didn’t play as well against Lisicki as she had against Robson. “There is no plan B. If the ball is there I just have to hit it. That is the way it is on grass. She (Lisicki) played well.”

Lisicki will play last year’s losing finalist Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat Li Na 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 despite carrying an injury to her right thigh. With a fastest serve that barely crests 100mph, 20mph slower than Lisicki’s detonations, Radwanska disturbs through intelligent variations coupled with baseline firefighting and a double-handed backhand sharp enough to slice ham.

Death by a thousand cuts is how Martina Navratilova described the slender Pole’s approach. And that is how it turned out in a thrilling match that took almost three hours to complete, Radwanska letting four match points slip in her final service game before getting home