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Porsche Tennis Grand Prix – A tennis fairy-tale comes true for Sabine Lisicki

From her comeback at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix to the Wimbledon semifinals

Sabine Lisicki (GER)

A tennis fairy-tale comes true for Sabine Lisicki

Stuttgart. Even though the dream of reaching the Wimbledon final has not yet come true, Sabine Lisicki, who, after a long injury break, celebrated a marvellous comeback at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, is back amongst the world’s best after her brilliant performance at the most important grand slam tournament.

Sabine Lisicki (GER)

“Whoever makes it to the Wimbledon semifinals is also ready for the really big wins,” said Markus Günthardt, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament director.

Sabine Lisicki (GER)

The tennis summer fairy-tale, with Sabine Lisicki in the leading role, began just before Easter when the organisers of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix handed the 21-year-old German a wild card for the tournament where, two years previously, she had been a crowd favourite,

Sabine Lisicki (GER)

“She’s had a terrible time,” said Anke Huber, the operating tournament director. “We’re convinced she’ll get over the setback and she’s quite capable of beating top players on her day. And we wanted to give her the chance at our tournament.”

Sabine Lisicki was world ranked 218 at the time and she took the chance by the horns. She was only beaten at the quarterfinal stage by her Fed Cup team-mate Julia Görges, who eventually went on to win the tournament.

Sabine Lisicki (GER)

Nevertheless she, after the initial disappointment had disappeared, appeared at the post match press conference with a big smile on her face. It was the same smile that has captivated tennis fans around the world.

Sabine Lisicki (GER)

“I’m a little proud of myself to have come so far at such a big tournament,” she said. “I gave it my all. I can slowly feel my confidence is returning and I’ve definitely made a massive step forward here in Stuttgart.”

But it was only the start. In Birmingham she won her second career WTA title after Charleston in 2009. And she was given a wild card for Wimbledon. Once again she justified the faith placed in her in the tennis Mecca in London SW19. In the second round, she knocked out, as she did in Stuttgart, the French Open winner Li Na. In the quarters in front of a 15,000 crowd on Centre Court, she once again showed her mettle and determination when, in spite of not being able to convert three match points, defeating.

Sabine Lisicki (GER)

The Frenchwoman had previously eliminated out the former world No. 1 Serena Williams. She was the first German to make it to the semifinals of a grand slam tournament since Steffi Graf in 1999. But her tennis fairy-tale did not have a happy end – superstar Maria Sharapova was (still) too strong for her.

The year’s most improved player has also delighted Markus Günthardt. However he is not surprised by her sensational Wimbledon performance.

“The way she played at our tournament and the way she won against Li Na on clay, it was obvious she was going to rise quickly up the rankings,” he said. “Her tennis is definitely at the same level as it was before her injury problems. And her road to the top is nowhere near at an end.”

Sabine Lisicki (GER)

In the new world rankings published, Sabine Lisicki will move up to number 27.

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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.

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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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