Kirsten Flipkens is just one game away from a Wimbledon final -- a year ago, she was just happy to be alive.
It is a fairytale story at a tournament which has brought up more surprises than anybody ever thought possible -- but Flipkens' tale is something special.
In April 2012, following a long haul flight to Thailand, the tennis star was forced to visit an emergency doctor after complaining of searing pains in her legs.
It was there that doctors discovered she had four blood clots in her legs -- had she ignored the pains, then she was told that her life would have almost certainly been in danger.
She had been poised to travel to Japan for a Fed Cup game, a journey which doctors told her would have left her body 'blue' and left her on the edge.
"I'm lucky to be alive," she said in January. Now, she's ready to make the most of her second chance.
The 2003 junior champion is one of four women remaining with the name of a new winner guaranteed to be etched onto the famous trophy.
For Flipkens, a hard-fought victory over 2011 champion Petra Kvitova secured a first ever grand slam semifinal -- and the prospect of a place in Wimbledon history.
"It's amazing," she told the BBC.
"It's more than a dream coming true, semifinals of a Grand Slam, ridiculous.
"Last year I didn't get into qualifying of Wimbledon.
"I was so calm on court, I went for my shots. Petra was playing really well in that first set. I just had to go for it from the second set on."
It is a marked contrast in emotion to that which Flipkens experienced after being forced to take a break from the game in a bid to overcome the blood clots in her legs.
Her ranking slumped from 182 to 262 -- a drop which led to the Belgian Tennis Federation withdrawing its funding.
But under the guidance of former World No.1 and four time grand slam winner Kim Clijsters, Flipkens fought back.
She won her first title in Quebec City in September and rose to 43rd in the world after reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open in January.
She reached the top 20 in March and believes the influence of Clijsters has played a major role in her revival.
Flipkens added: "Kim was one of people last year still believing in me.
"I have to thank her. The people believing in my I could count on one hand."
But Flipkens will face a tough task to reach the final Thursday when she goes up against 15th seed Bartoli, who battled to a 6-4 7-5 win over U.S. star Sloane Stephens.
Bartoli, who finished runner-up in 2007, edged a low quality affair where there eight breaks of serve in the opening nine games of the second set.
Bartoli also courted controversy when she urged the umpire to abandon play when light rain began to fall with the score at 5-4 and 40-40 in her favor in the opening set.
The crowd voiced its frustration, jeering the French lady before the players returned to action two and a half hours later.
Bartoli quickly wrapped up the set and then moved into a 2-0 lead before Stephens broke back.
But the 20-year-old American consistently struggled with her serve and was broken again in the 12th game.