Whatever happens in tomorrow's Ladies semifinals there will be a new name on the Rosebowl after Saturday's final as the last remaining champion Petra Kvitova fell foul of this year's occupational hazard - the defeat of household names.
Kvitova, champion two years ago, began brightly enough against her little known Belgian rival Kirsten Flipkens winning the opening set 6-4. But halfway through the second set she called for the doctor who diagnosed a rising temperature. The Czech girl also suffers from hay fever which can be exacerbated by the closing of the Centre Court roof which produces extra humidity.
Flipkens, whose ranking descended as low as 262 in the world last year following thrombosis in her legs, took full advantage by producing drop shots and undercut backhands which do not suit Kvitova's powerful game. Soon she had the second set in the bag at 6-3.
Kvitova took a toilet break between sets. But, try as she might, the sweating Czech could not resist the increasingly confident Belgian whose ranking was so low 12 months ago that she could not even get into the qualifying competition for Wimbledon. Flipkens wears glasses to help her short sightedness but there was nothing miopic about her game as she served out for 6-4 in the final set.
Fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters, awaiting the arrival of her second baby in New York, was evidently in tears as she twittered congratulations to her protege and friend. She was one of the few who continued to believe in Flipkens who now faces France's oddball Marion Bartoli in the semi final.
Flipkens said; "What kept me going was my love of the sport. I've had lots of ups and downs, particularly with injuries. One year after I was world junior champion (she won Junior Wimbledon in 2003) I had a back injury. Doctors told me that, normally, my career would be over.
"But I'm the kind of person that keeps fighting back. I don't like to break. I don't regret my decision not to quit last year. I'm still fighting back."
It was a disappointing result for Kvitova who had realistic prospects of regaining her title. She said; "I got a virus last night. It was tricky for me and I was sick. I had a sore throat. I was fighting when I could. I felt dizzy, sleepy, but Kirsten gave me nothing free."
The new favourite for the title is Sabine Lisicki, 23, who saw off Laura Robson's conqueror Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 in a one-sided encounter on Court One. Lisicki could have "bounced" having disposed of Serena Williams in the previous round. But this is a more mature German player these days and she controls her awesome power intelligently.
In the spring of 2010 Lisicki, too, suffered a potentially career ending injury when damaging her left ankle so badly that she had to spend two months on crutches learning to walk again. She lost the muscle power in her left leg.
She said; "Once you have to learn how to walk again it shows how we have to appreciate having two healthy legs. To come back on the court and to compete and then to go even further that I did before the injury gives you a lot of strength. It's a different feeling now. That made me appreciate every single moment out there a lot more."
Lisicki's winning smile and bonhomie has certainly won over the British crowds and she is likely to be their favourite against last year's runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska who outlasted China's Li Na in a pulsating and fluctuating quarter final on Centre Court.
Li should have won the first set but failed to use Hawkeye on an ace which was called out at 5-4 in the opening set. In the end she lost the tiebreak but managed to regain her composure to secure the second set by 6-4. The final set was attritional and the score of 6-2 belied the closeness of the rallies.
By now Radwanska was suffering with leg trouble and had to have extra strapping on her right thigh. She also has strapping on her back but it doesn't seem to affect her mobility around the court which is her greatest asset. She may not have had the power of the 31-year-old Chinese but she was able to stay in all the rallies in the 2hr 40 mins marathon.
Afterwards she said; "I was really struggling with my legs today but I was pushing myself 200 per cent to fight until the end. I think there is no limit to the amount of pain I have to feel to give up. My legs are a bit overused but I think if it's the end of a Grand Slam you don't really think about the pain or anything else."
Marion Bartoli insisted play was suspended on Court One as rain started to fall at 5-4 and deuce on Sloane Stephens' serve in the first set - a move which enraged a crowd already on the young American's side. In fact Bartoli was probably right to call for a halt as grass made slippery by rain is twice as dangerous.
On the resumption two and a half hours later Bartoli quickly polished off the necessary two points before embarking on a bizarre second set in which neither player could win her serve for eight consecutive games. In the end Bartoli managed to hold her serve to go 6-5 up and then broke Stephens again to win the match. She has yet to concede a set in these championships.
She has unorthodox strokes on both wings (a double-handed forehand for example), a very strange service action and a figure that belies convention as an athlete. In many ways she reminds me of her compatriot Francoise Durr who was French champion in the 1960s and had a similar style.
Bartoli, Wimbledon runner-up to Serena Williams in 2007, is at 28 the oldest player left in the draw. But, having dropped her father as her coach earlier this year, she has clearly regained her talent and fitness. No one in the women's game takes an earlier ball on return of serve.
She said; "I didn't get why the crowd were so against me. The courts are slippery when dry and when they are wet they are dangerous. We did not stop for no reason."
Elsewhere there were wins for two of Britain's promising boy juniors when Kyle Edmund defeated the world ranked 20 junior Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-3, 6-1. He is looking increasingly like a potential winner of this title. Jonny O'Mara created something of a shock when beating 11th seed Pedro Cachin of Argentina 7-6, 6-2.