France's Marion Bartoli, the No. 15 seed, defeated Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens, the No. 20 seed, 6-1, 6-2 in the first women's semifinals match on Thursday at Wimbledon.

"I just enjoy my time this year so much at Wimby obviously," Bartoli said after the match. "(I'm) having a lot of fun outside the court as well and really carry(ing) on this great spirit with a smile."

The 28-year-old Bartoli, who was the runner-up in 2007, will play Germany's Sabine Lisicki in Saturday's final.

Lisicki beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 9-7 in two hours and 18 minutes.

"I am overwhelmed, so happy," Lisicki said following her win.

Lisicki will be the first German to play in a Wimbledon final since 1999, when the great Steffi Graf lost to American Lindsay Davenport.

"Steffi Graf texted me good luck before the match. She told me to go for it. I fought my heart out for every single point, and believed I could still win no matter what the score was. In the third set, when I was 3-0 down, I told myself I had come back against Serena and I could do it again. It gave me so much confidence," Lisicki said.

Bartoli, who lost to American Venus Williams 6-4, 6-1 six years ago, said she was ready for the challenge.

"I think I've been able to deal with the pressure really well and keep improving throughout The Championships and keep playing better. Especially, I think today I think I played a great match," Bartoli said.

The 23-year-old Lisicki had to beat tournament favorite Serena Williams in the quarters and the court-savvy Radwanska to book a spot in the final.

"I just can't wait to play on Saturday," Lisicki said. "Marion plays aggressive tennis. I have played Serena who plays aggressive too. We'll see. Two years ago, I played an amazing Wimbledon as a wildcard. This time I feel much more ready for the entire tournament and I have that belief." EFE