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“I cannot explain how I feel at the moment,” said Lisicki, who missed much of the 2010 season following an ankle injury. “It was just such a tough road back and it’s so wonderful to be standing on Centre Court in Wimbledon, which I love so much. I’m just so happy.”

For Bartoli, the loss was a letdown after eliminating four-time champion Serena Williams in the previous round.

“I still beat Serena Williams in Wimbledon. I think I still can be proud of myself,” said Bartoli, who tired after winning the second set. “Even though I lost today, it was still a good match. It was still a good fight.”

The rain briefly delayed the start of play Tuesday as the roof was closed, while the opening match on Court 1 started after a 2 1/2-hour delay.

Once it did, Kvitova reached the Wimbledon semifinals for the second year in a row, beating Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2.

“At the beginning I was better and I played so good like matches before,” said the Czech, who had 54 winners to only 10 for Pironkova. “But then I get little nervous, and in my mind was something I don’t know what was it. I was mentally down.”

Azarenka defeated Tamira Paszek 6-3, 6-1 in a match that started on Court 1 but was moved to Centre Court because of rain after just one game.

In the second game of the second set, Azarenka pulled off a forehand winner on break point that didn’t even have to clear the net. Instead, the Belarussian ran down a shot to her right and smacked it outside the post and into the court on the other side.

“It’s actually my mom’s birthday today so I really wanted to give her a good gift so I was really trying to play beautiful today and that was the first time I did this shot,” Azarenka said. “So I’m really glad I could.”