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Porsche Team Germany thrills with classy tennis and fighting spirit

Fed Cup, 1st Round in the Porsche Arena, Stuttgart: Germany – Czech Republic

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Stuttgart.In the opening tie of the 2012 Fed Cup season, Porsche Team Germany thrilled the sell-out crowd in the Porsche Arena with their great fighting spirit and excellent tennis – even though it did not suffice for them to progress to the hoped-for semifinal berth in the first round match against title-holders the Czech Republic.

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Though unable able to take their chances in the decisive moments, Sabine Lisicki, Julia Görges, Angelique Kerber and Anna-Lena Grönefeld nevertheless showed themselves to be a strong team in the 4-1 defeat.

Barbara Rittner (l.), Angelique Kerber, Porsche Team Deutschland

“We’re leaving Stuttgart with a great feeling,” said captain Barbara Rittner when summing up the Fed Cup weekend.

“I’m so-so proud of the girls. They’ve showed they’re highly talented and can excite the spectators.

Everything is very positive even though it wasn’t enough to win against such a strong opponent. Now we’re hoping for the luck of the draw and will do our very best to stay in the World Group.”

After Sabine Lisicki surprisingly lost the first rubber on Saturday 6-2, 4-6, 2-6 against Iveta Benesova and Julia Görges’ 6-3, 3-6, 8-10 defeat against Petra Kvitova in a high-class tennis thriller, Porsche Team Germany stood with their backs to the wall on Sunday.

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Sabine Lisicki had to win to keep her team in the race to the semis, Cheered on by the Stuttgart crowd, the German, who played nowhere near her best the day before, took the first set 6-2.

Sabine Lisicki, Porsche Team Deutschland

She continued to play well in the second set against the Wimbledon champion and the current world No. 2 but eventually succumbed 6-4. In the third, the Czech proved to be too strong when running out a 6-2 winner.

“We’re obviously very disappointed. Nevertheless I’m very proud to have played much better today than I did yesterday,” said Sabine Lisicki, the world No. 14.

“Yesterday, I immediately lost plot when things weren’t going well. Today I served far better and my groundshots were also better. Unfortunately though I didn’t win the vital points and it made all the difference.

However these kind of matches are the ones that help me to improve this aspect of my game.”

With a bit of luck in the draw, the play-off, whereby the winning nation will contest the 2013 World Group, could also be staged in the Porsche Arena on 21 and 22 April.

Sabine Lisicki, Porsche Team Deutschland

Sabine Lisicki would be more than happy:

“It’s great playing at home.

The atmosphere in the Porsche Arena is awesome. It’s such fun and really motivating.”

In the second rubber of the day, Angelique Kerber notched up the first point for Porsche Team Germany.

Angelique Kerber, Porsche Team Deutschland

The German, who was one of last season’s top up-and-coming players after reaching the semifinals at the US Open, had relatively little trouble in overcoming Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-4.

Lucie Hradecka (CZ)

 

Angelique Kerber, Porsche Team Deutschland

“I’m so proud to have won my first Fed Cup singles for Germany,” she said.

“Even though it made no difference to the result, I gave my all – also for the crowd which has given us such fantastic support over the past two days.”

Iveta Benesova/Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova won the concluding doubles 6-3, 7-6 against Julia Görges/Anna-Lena Grönefeld.

SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database

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PORSCHE TENNIS: Sabine Lisicki with a win in Birmingham and a wild card for Wimbledon

Upturn in German women’s tennis continues


Stuttgart. Successful Wimbledon dress rehearsal for Sabine Lisick: on Monday, one week before the All England Championships in London, the 21-year-old German won the grass court tournament in Birmingham.

A comfortable 6-3, 6-2 winner in the final against the Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova, she has continued the upwards trend she displayed at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

Playing in the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart over Easter, the Berliner reached the quarterfinals and enjoyed a magnificent return to the top echelons of women’s tennis after a long injury lay-off.

In Birmingham, Sabine Lisicki was not only able to celebrate her second WTA title after Charleston 2009. She has also received a wild card for the Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon, which begins on 20 June.

The young German star received good news the day before, as she found out that she had been awarded a wild-card entry to Wimbledon.

After the match, Lisicki told reporters that she was overcome with happiness.

“It’s [been] an amazing week,” Lisicki said. “I am in disbelief. I am shaking. The comeback from injury was so difficult, it means so much to me.”

“If I hadn’t been given the wild card, I would have been playing the qualifying on Tuesday—and it will be very helpful to be able to rest for a couple of days instead. But I don’t want to put pressure on myself.”

Two years ago, Lisicki was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist.

In winning against the No. 4 seed Daniela Hantuchova, Sabine Lisicki has also continued the dramatic upturn in German women’s tennis. She is already the third German WTA winner this year after her Fed Cup teammates Julia Görges won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart and Andrea Petkovic the tournament in Strasbourg.

SOURCE: Public Relations and Media Database
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Claus-Peter Andorka

Biography: Sabine Vasilievna Katharina Lisicki (born 22 September 1989 in Troisdorf) is a professional German tennis player. She achieved her career high rank of World No. 22 on 3 August 2009. She lives in Bradenton, Florida. Lisicki is the daughter of first-generation Polish immigrants.

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