Sabine Lisicki
German tennis player
Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki is a German professional tennis player. She was born in Troisdorf. Lisicki has won three WTA singles tournaments in her career (one in 2009 and two in 2011) and one doubles tournament (in 2011). She reached the quarterfinals of the 2009 and 2012 Wimbledon Championships and the semifinals of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. She achieved her career high rank of world number 12 on 21 May 2012.
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Johanna Konta stays calm as Australian Open shocks offer opportunity
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
• Sabine Lisicki’s defeat by Denisa Allertova opens up the draw for Konta • British No1 on brink of reaching second week as seeds tumble in Melbourne Johanna Konta is twiddling her thumbs in the waiting room of fame while contemplating what may be about to engulf her if she reaches the second week of the Australian Open at her first attempt. To dream beyond that may be considered presumptuous but the draw is starting to open up with encouraging ease as seeds continue to fall like ripened apples. Related: Spectator fall delays victory for shaken Ana Ivanovic at Australian Open Continue reading...
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Sabine Lisicki crashes out 6-0, 6-0 against Zarina Diyas
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Zarina Diyas routed Germany's Fed Cup player and former Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday.
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Pavlyuchenkova puts Russia 2-0 up against Germany
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova battled back from a set down to defeat Sabine Lisicki as Russia took a comfortable 2-0 lead over Germany in the Fed Cup World Group semi-final on Saturday. Svetlana Kuznetsova earlier beat Julia Goerges 6-4, 6-4 at the red clay court of Adler Arena as four-time champions Russia edged closer towards the final. The 23-year-old Pavlyuchenkova won 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in two hours 28 minutes to record her second win over Lisicki, who is 19th in the WTA rankings, in as many meetings.
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Sabine Lisicki beats defending champion Flavia Pennetta in three-set thriller
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Sabine Lisicki staved off three match points before battling into the last four at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday, the German edging out defending champion Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-7, 7-6.
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Tennis - Defending champion Pennetta ousts Sharapova
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
- Defending champion Flavia Pennetta sent world number two Maria Sharapova crashing out of Indian Wells, rallying to beat the five-time Grand Slam champ in three sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday. Italy's Pennetta got off to a rough start in the opening set before settling in to take down the mighty Russian who had won twice here previously in 2006 and 2013. Sharapova committed 11 double faults and was broken four times in the two hour, six minute match. Pennetta advanced to the quarter-finals, where she will meet either Caroline Garcia of France or Sabine Lisicki of Germany.
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Top seeds pull out in Pattaya City
Fox News - about 3 years
Pattaya City, Thailand (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seeds Sabine Lisicki and Svetlana Kuznetsova both withdrew ahead of their scheduled second-round matches at the Pattaya Open.The top-seeded Lisicki pulled out of the tournament with a right shoulder injury, while the second-seeded Kuznetsova bowed out with a muscle strain
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Tennis-Radwanska ends Azarenka reign at Melbourne Park
Yahoo News - about 3 years
* Radwanska wins in three sets * Will face Cibulkova in last four By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Silent assassin Agnieszka Radwanska toppled a shrieking Victoria Azarenka 6-1 5-7 6-0 on Wednesday to end the Belarusian's bid for a hat-trick of titles and reach her maiden Australian Open semi-final. In a tournament littered with big upsets, Radwanska booked a semi-final against 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova, and put herself in the box seat to crack her first grand slam title after coming close in a heartbreaking loss to Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2012. Radwanska also missed a big chance at the championships last year when she was dumped by unheralded German Sabine Lisicki in the semi-finals. It's kind of painful, as well, especially that it was the semi-final of a grand slam.
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Tennis-Australian Open women's singles round 1 results
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Jan 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday 1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Ashleigh Barty (Australia) 6-2 6-1 Lauren Davis (U.S.) beat Sachia Vickery (U.S.) 6-3 6-3 Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) beat Dinah Pfizenmaier (Germany) 7-6(5) 6-3 Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) beat Silvia Soler Espinosa (Spain) 6-3 6-2 15-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) 6-2 6-1 Luksika Kumkhum (Thailand) beat 6-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 6-2 1-6 6-4 Alison Riske (U.S. ...
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Tennis-Australian Open women's seeds
Yahoo News - about 3 years
MELBOURNE, Jan 8 (Reuters) - List of women's seeds for the Australian Open which begins on Monday: 1. Serena Williams (U.S.) 2. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) 3. Maria Sharapova (Russia) 4. Li Na (China) 5. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 6. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 7. Sara Errani (Italy) 8. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) 9. Angelique Kerber (Germany) 10. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 11. Simona Halep (Romania) 12. Roberta Vinci (Italy) 13. Sloane Stephens (U.S.) 14. Ana Ivanonic (Serbia) 15. Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 16. Carla Suarez-Navarro (Spain) 17. Sam Stosur (Australia) 18. ...
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Wozniacki, Stephens in Luxembourg Open Quarters
NYTimes - over 3 years
Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens and Sabine Lisicki — the top three seeded players — won in straight sets Thursday to reach the Luxembourg Open quarterfinals.
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Lisicki, Date-Krumm Advance at Japan Open
NYTimes - over 3 years
Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki of Germany beat Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 7-5, 7-6 (1) to reach the second round of the Japan Open on Tuesday.
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Home favorite Li advances in China, Ivanovic out
Yahoo News - over 3 years
(Reuters) - Home favorite Li Na overcame Germany's Sabine Lisicki 7-5 6-4 at the China Open on Wednesday to set up a quarter-final showdown with former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. The Czech, who won the Japan Open last weekend, overcame Italian fifth seed Sara Errani 6-4 6-7(3) 6-3 in their third round clash at the prestigious $5 million Beijing tournament. World number four Agnieszka Radwanska was one of a number of high profile women to win through in second round action on the hard courts at the National Tennis Centre as the Pole dispatched promising American Madison Keys 6-3 6-2. ...
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Sabine Lisicki unable to repeat Wimbledon heroics at final grand slam
CNN - over 3 years
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Rachel Grady: We Ain't There Yet, Baby
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Over the years, I've had hundreds of assumptions crushed. "Adults act like grown ups." "Judges are fair." "Love occurs at first sight." Making documentaries for a living makes assumption crushing easy. Another assumption: Women who are elite professional athletes, better then 99.99 percent of all other people on earth at hitting, kicking, running, dunking, jumping and punching will make a decent living off their excellence and dominance in their discipline. Right? After interviewing some of America's top women athletes, it became clear that being the best in the world simply isn't enough. Male pro-athletes are distinguished from amateurs in that they are paid for their efforts. But when it comes to women, most of our country's top female athletes end up working other full-time or part-time jobs in addition to their training, practice and competition schedules. Male athletes in the big four sports earn big money for their work on the field. Most female stars achieve fin ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sabine Lisicki
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 26
    Lisicki began her 2016 season at the Hopman Cup representing Germany with Alexander Zverev.
    More Details Hide Details They were eliminated in the group stage with a 1–2 win–loss record, with their only victory coming against France. Lisicki's next tournament was the Apia International Sydney. She beat lucky loser Polona Hercog in straight sets before losing to eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets. Lisicki then competed at the Australian Open. She defeated Petra Cetkovská in straight sets in the first round to advance to the second round where she lost to Denisa Allertová in three sets. Lisicki's next tournament was the Qatar Total Open. She lost to Monica Niculescu in the first round in straight sets. Lisicki then played in the Malaysian Open. As the third seed, she beat Magda Linette and Barbora Krejčíková to advance to the quarterfinals where she lost to Naomi Broady. Lisicki then played at Indian Wells and Miami. In both tournaments she received a bye in the first round and lost in the second round. At Indian Wells she lost to Johanna Larsson and in Miami she lost to Irina-Camelia Begu, despite having a 5–0 lead and one match point in the third set.
  • 2015
    Age 25
    She broke the record of 24, held jointly by Serena Williams and Kaia Kanepi, by hitting 27 aces during her second-round encounter against Belinda Bencic at the 2015 Aegon Classic on 17 June 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Lisicki is, however, sometimes hindered by her inconsistent second serve, which is usually around 70 to 80 mph, and an occasionally high double-fault count. Lisicki's favourite surface is grass and she has had the most success on that surface. She used to "hate" playing on grass because she is allergic to it and had a five-match losing streak on grass in 2009. She is now on medication for her allergy and "loves" playing on it. Lisicki lives in Bradenton, Florida, and owns a Yorkshire Terrier named Happy. She is fluent in German, English and Polish. Her off-court interests include reading, music, and athletics. Lisicki is a fan of the German national football team and of Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. She is gluten-intolerant.
    She also held the record for the most aces in a singles match, hitting 27 aces during her second-round encounter against Belinda Bencic at the 2015 Aegon Classic, until it was surpassed by Kristýna Plíšková at the 2016 Australian Open.
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  • 2014
    Age 24
    Lisicki's serve is among the most powerful on the WTA Tour, having been described variously as a "cannon" and a "howitzer". She is known to hit serves at speeds of over 120 mph, and at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic she broke the WTA fastest serve record with a speed of 131 mph, a record previously held by Venus Williams at 129 mph.
    More Details Hide Details Her serve is often regarded as her main weapon and with it, for the year up to November 2013, she was ranked fifth in the WTA for first service points won, 70.7%, and fifth for service games won, 73.7%. Her serve also produces a very high number of aces, currently 297 for the year up to November 2013 and second only behind Serena Williams. She was also ranked second in the aces count in 2013, only behind Serena Williams, and was ranked fifth in 2014. Lisicki also holds the record for the most aces in a singles match.
    Lisicki's last match of 2014 was at the Fed Cup where Germany faced Czech Republic.
    More Details Hide Details She was selected to play the doubles tie alongside Anna-Lena Grönefeld. They defeated the pair of Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká. Lisicki ended the year at no. 27. Lisicki had a rough start to the year, losing in the first rounds at the Brisbane International (champion in doubles with Hingis), the Apia International Sydney and the Australian Open, losing to Yaroslava Shvedova, Carla Suárez Navarro, and Kristina Mladenovic respectively. She finally picked up her first win of the year in Dubai beating Monica Niculescu before bowing out to Ana Ivanovic. Lisicki would then suffer more first round losses in Doha to Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová and in Kuala Lumpur to eventual finalist Alexandra Dulgheru. Lisicki rediscovered her form during the North American swing. At Indian Wells, she beat Roberta Vinci to record her first ever win at the tournament. She continued winning by beating Sara Errani and Caroline Garcia to advance to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals she beat the defending champion Flavia Pennetta in a three set thriller, saving three match points to advance to the semifinals for the first time at a Premier Mandatory event. She lost to Jelena Janković in the semifinals in three sets despite leading by a set and a break. Lisicki carried her good form over to Miami where she beat fellow countrywoman Julia Görges, Ana Ivanovic, and Sara Errani to advance to her second Premier Mandatory quarterfinal in a row.
    The following week, Lisicki was upset by Denisa Allertová in the second round at the 2014 BGL Luxembourg Open having overcame Daniela Hantuchová in her opening match.
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    At the 2014 Wuhan Open, Lisicki upset Lucie Šafářová in the first round before falling to Elina Svitolina in the second round despite leading 5-0 in the first set.
    More Details Hide Details At the China Open, she reached the third round for the second straight year after defeating Xu Shilin and Eugenie Bouchard. She then lost to Ivanovic in straight sets. Lisicki then played in Linz as the 5th seed. She accepted a wildcard into the event. She lost to Karin Knapp in three sets in the first round.
    Lisicki received a wildcard at the 2014 Toray Pan Pacific Open but lost to Aussie Casey Dellacqua in the first round.
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    Then, she defeated Zheng Saisai and Francesca Schiavone to reach her first final of 2014.
    More Details Hide Details She won her 4th WTA title after defeating Karolína Plíšková, her first singles title in more than 3 years.
    Lisicki, the 26th seed, reached the third round at the 2014 US Open where she lost to Maria Sharapova.
    More Details Hide Details In September, Lisicki participated in Hong Kong as the top seed after receiving a wildcard. She defeated Monica Niculescu and Grace Min to reach the qurterfinals.
    In her first round match at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic against Ana Ivanovic, Lisicki set a world record serve for a female tennis player, clocked at.
    More Details Hide Details However, Lisicki lost the match in straight sets to her Serbian opponent. At the Rogers Cup in Montreal the following week, Lisicki defeated former world number five Sara Errani in the first round in straight sets. After coming from a set down to defeat Madison Keys in the next round, she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in three sets. The following week in Cincinnati was almost a repeat. In the second round, Lisicki defeated Sara Errani once more in a match that lasted three hours before being beaten by Radwańska, only managing to win two games.
    Lisicki then competed at the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open where she was the 15th seed.
    More Details Hide Details She fell in the third round to Simona Halep in three sets. At Rome, she fell in her opening match to Australian Samantha Stosur in straight sets. Lisicki reached the second round at Roland Garros where she retired against compatriot Mona Barthel after injuring her wrist. In June, Lisicki split with coach Hingis, citing "different concepts" as the reason. Lisicki was the 19th seed at Wimbledon, but could not repeat her feat from the previous year, only managing to reach the quarterfinals where she lost to Simona Halep. Along the way, she defeated Julia Glushko, Karolína Plíšková, Ana Ivanovic and Yaroslava Shvedova, fighting through a shoulder injury against the Kazakh. In July, Lisicki slipped down to 30 in the world rankings.
    At the 2014 Australian Open it was announced that Lisicki would bring in Martina Hingis as a coach.
    More Details Hide Details Lisicki was seeded 15th and began with a confident straight-sets victory over Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, but was upset in the second round by Monica Niculescu. At the PTT Pattaya Open, Lisicki struggled to overcome Donna Vekić in the first round in three sets. After the match, she admitted that it had been almost impossible for her to serve effectively due to a right shoulder injury. She later withdrew from the tournament. Lisicki then endured a poor run across the North American swing, losing in her first match in Indian Wells to Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada. In Indian Wells, Lisicki also competed in the doubles draw playing alongside coach Martina Hingis. After getting a wildcard into the main draw, they played seventh seeds Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua. At the Sony Open in Miami, Lisicki beat Nadia Petrova in her opening match. However, she was forced to pull out before her third round match against Kirsten Flipkens citing a bad flu. Despite pulling out of the singles draw, Lisicki was able to take a few days off to recover before she and Hingis started their campaign for the title. In the first round, they claimed their first win together by beating sixth seeds Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Šafářová. In the second round, Lisicki and Hingis convincingly defeated wildcards Sorana Cîrstea and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets. In their quarterfinal match, the pair pulled off an impressive comeback win beating Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova despite losing the first set and facing match points against them in the second.
    The following year, she reached another quarterfinal at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships and won her first title in three years when she won the 2014 Hong Kong Tennis Open.
    More Details Hide Details In doubles, Lisicki won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in 2011 with Samantha Stosur and in 2013 with Mona Barthel and the 2014 Sony Open with coach Martina Hingis. She also reached the doubles final at Wimbledon in 2011 with Stosur and came fourth in the mixed doubles event at the 2012 London Olympics with Christopher Kas. Lisicki currently holds the world record for the fastest serve by a female tennis player. She clocked a serve during her first-round encounter against Ana Ivanovic at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic.
  • 2013
    Age 23
    It was confirmed in October 2013 that Lisicki would begin her 2014 season alongside Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka at the 2014 Brisbane International.
    More Details Hide Details She advanced to the second round with a win over Magdaléna Rybáriková, but then withdrew from the tournament due to illness.
    Lisicki ended her 2013 season on a high by reaching the semi-finals of the Luxembourg Open.
    More Details Hide Details She beat Donna Vekić, Tereza Smitková and Karin Knapp in her opening three matches. She won the last set to love (6–0) in all three of these matches. In the semi-finals, she succumbed to top seed and eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. She finished her year ranked as world number 15.
    She then played the 2013 HP Open in Osaka, again beating Scheepers in the first round, but was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a left hip injury before her second round match.
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    Lisicki missed most of the Asian swing, but competed at the 2013 China Open as the 13th seed.
    More Details Hide Details She advanced to the third round after beating Chanelle Scheepers and Venus Williams, before losing to home favourite Li Na.
    She then played the 2013 US Open as the 16th seed, where she defeated qualifier Vera Dushevina in the first round.
    More Details Hide Details She then won her second match against Paula Ormaechea before losing to Ekaterina Makarova in round three.
    She then played the 2013 New Haven Open at Yale, beating Kristina Mladenovic in the first round before losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second.
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    Her next tournament was the 2013 Western & Southern Open, however she lost in her opening match in a tight three-setter against Jelena Janković.
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    Lisicki started her grass court season by playing in the 2013 Aegon Classic.
    More Details Hide Details As the fifth seed, she received a bye into the second round where she defeated Kristýna Plíšková. In the third round, she beat Mirjana Lučić-Baroni. She lost to Alison Riske in the quarterfinals. In the final set, Lisicki was 4–5 down and serving at 15–0 when Riske shouted "come on!" during a rally before Lisicki had returned the ball. Lisicki was unhappy and wanted the umpire to make a hindrance call, which would have given her the point and put her 30–0 up. The umpire did not agree with her and neither did the tournament referee. Riske took the point and broke Lisicki to win the match. At the Wimbledon Championships, Lisicki was seeded 23rd. She beat Francesca Schiavone in the first round, Elena Vesnina in the second round and fourteenth seed Samantha Stosur in the third round. In the fourth round she faced first seed and reigning Wimbledon, US Open, and French Open champion Serena Williams. Lisicki won in three sets, marking the fourth time in her last four participations that she knocked out the reigning French Open champion at Wimbledon. Williams had been on a 34-match winning streak coming into the match. Lisicki defeated Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, reaching the Wimbledon semifinals for the second time in her career. She beat Agnieszka Radwańska in a three set semifinal in two hours and eighteen minutes to advance to her first Grand Slam final, thereby becoming the first German woman to reach a major final since Steffi Graf at Wimbledon in 1999, and the first German player of either gender to reach a Grand Slam singles final since Rainer Schüttler at the 2003 Australian Open.
    Lisicki stayed in Stuttgart to compete in the 2013 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details In Singles, she beat qualifier Italian Nastassja Burnett. In the second round, she beat Serbian Jelena Janković. She lost in the quarterfinals to American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands. In Doubles, she and compatriot Mona Barthel received a wild card to play in the main draw. They were scheduled to play world number ones Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani but they pulled out before the tournament began. Instead, they were drawn against alternates Jill Craybas and Megan Moulton-Levy. Lisicki and Barthel easily won, with the loss of just two games. They then faced Jelena Janković and Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, a match in which they won in three sets. In the semifinals, the German pairing faced Darija Jurak and Katalin Marosi, defeating them in straight sets. In the final, Lisicki got revenge for her singles loss by beating Bethanie Mattek-Sands and her partner Sania Mirza. This was Lisicki's second WTA doubles title, the first coming in Stuttgart in 2011. Lisicki and Barthel became the first all-German pairing to lift the trophy in Stuttgart. Lisicki continued her clay season in Madrid. In the first round, she beat Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden. In the second round, she defeated fifteenth seed Dominika Cibulková. In the third round she played world number 2 Maria Sharapova. Sharapova ultimately won in straight sets, with Lisicki putting up a fight in the second set. From Madrid, Lisicki went to Rome to play at the Italian Open.
    She returned in time to play at the 2013 Sony Open Tennis in Miami but lost in the first round to Simona Halep of Romania.
    More Details Hide Details Lisicki started her clay court season on the Green clay at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. Lisicki claimed the title here in 2009. In the first round she recorded her first ever double bagel (not losing any games) in beating Anna Tatishvili of Georgia. In the second round, she lost from a set up against Mallory Burdette. Her next tournament was on the red clay in Katowice, Poland. As the seventh seed, she lost in the first round to Alexandra Cadanțu of Romania. She then travelled to Stuttgart for Germany's Fed Cup World Group Play-off tie against Serbia. Angelique Kerber and Mona Barthel were picked for singles against Ana Ivanovic and Bojana Jovanovski. After the four singles matches, the score was tied at 2 all. Lisicki was picked to play the doubles rubber with Anna-Lena Grönefeld against Vesna Dolonc and Aleksandra Krunić. The German pairing easily won to secure Germany its place in the 2014 Fed Cup World Group.
    Lisicki missed the 2013 BNP Paribas Open with the same illness.
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    Lisicki then moved onto the 2013 PTT Pattaya Open.
    More Details Hide Details In the first round she beat fellow German Tatjana Malek. She downed Alexandra Panova in the second round and came back from a set down in the quarterfinals to beat Marina Erakovic. In her first semifinal since 2011, she beat Nina Bratchikova. In the final, she faced Maria Kirilenko, but lost in three sets. Her next tournament was in Memphis. As the third seed, she beat qualifier Madison Keys in the first round and Melinda Czink in the second. In the quarterfinal, she beat eighth seed Kristina Mladenovic and beat seventh seed Magdaléna Rybáriková in the semifinal. In Lisicki's second final of the year, she faced Marina Erakovic from New Zealand. Erakovic ran away with the first set and Lisicki retired from the final with illness. This was Erakovic's first WTA title.
    Lisicki then competed in the 2013 Australian Open.
    More Details Hide Details In the first round she faced Caroline Wozniacki and was defeated. She also competed in the mixed doubles with Frederik Nielsen. They were knocked out in the first round by the home favorites and eventual champions, Jarmila Gajdošová and Matthew Ebden.
    She pulled out of the qualifying draw for the 2013 Apia International Sydney with a virus.
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    Lisicki started 2013 with the 2013 Brisbane International.
    More Details Hide Details She beat Lucie Šafářová in the first round. She lost in the second round to world number 1, Victoria Azarenka.
    Lisicki reached the final of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, losing to Marion Bartoli.
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  • 2012
    Age 22
    Lisicki finished her season losing in the first round of the 2012 Luxembourg Open to Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.
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    Lisicki's next tournament was in Japan at the 2012 Toray Pan Pacific Open.
    More Details Hide Details In singles, she started with a first round loss against British qualifier Heather Watson. In doubles, she partnered with world number 3, Lisa Raymond. They faced Monica Niculescu and Alicja Rosolska, both of whom had recently lost in WTA doubles finals. Lisicki and Raymond won the match and defeated Darija Jurak and Katalin Marosi in the quarterfinals. Lisicki next participated at the China Open, but she was defeated in the second round by the eventual champion Victoria Azarenka. She next moved to Linz where she lost in the first round to Patricia Mayr-Achleitner.
    Lisicki entered the 2012 US Open as the 16th seed, but she was upset in the first round by Romania's Sorana Cîrstea.
    More Details Hide Details In doubles, Lisicki again partnered with Peng Shuai. They beat Laura Robson and Shahar Pe'er in the first round, twelfth seeds Anastasia Rodionova and Galina Voskoboeva in the second and sixth seeds Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova in the third. They lost to eventual finalists Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká in the quarterfinals.
    Lisicki moved on to the 2012 Rogers Cup in Montreal.
    More Details Hide Details She was fifteenth seed in singles falling in her opening match to Carla Suárez Navarro. In doubles she made it to the quarterfinals, partnering with Peng Shuai. They beat sixth seeds Iveta Benešová and Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová and Natalie Grandin and Vladimíra Uhlířová in the first and second rounds respectively. They were forced to pull out of the competition against top seeds Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber as a result of Lisicki suffering an abdominal injury.
    She went straight back to London to prepare for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details She entered singles where she was seeded fifteenth, the doubles with Angelique Kerber where they were seeded fifth and the mixed doubles with Christopher Kas where they were unseeded. In the singles, she beat Ons Jabeur and Yaroslava Shvedova in the first and second rounds respectively. She lost to Maria Sharapova in the third round despite winning the first set and leading 4–2 in the second. In doubles, Lisicki and Kerber beat British pair Laura Robson and Heather Watson in the first round after losing the first set whilst taking only eleven points and going 4–2 down in the second set. In the second round they lost to Venus and Serena Williams. In mixed doubles, Lisicki and Kas beat second seeds Bob Bryan and Liezel Huber in the first round, and Daniele Bracciali and Roberta Vinci in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they lost to Andy Murray and Laura Robson. In the bronze medal match, they lost to third seeds Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond.
    Lisicki entered the 2012 Mercury Insurance Open as the fifth seed but pulled out with an abdominal injury.
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    This set Lisicki up with a five-match losing streak going into the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.
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    Lisicki started her summer grass court season by defending her title in the 2012 Aegon Classic.
    More Details Hide Details As the second seed she received a bye into the second round, where she lost to Urszula Radwańska.
    Traveling next to her home country for the 2012 Internationaux de Strasbourg, where she was the top seed, Lisicki again experienced a first round upset, losing to Pauline Parmentier.
    More Details Hide Details Lisicki then traveled to Paris to play the second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open, where she was the twelfth seed. On the red clay of Roland Garros, Lisicki lost to American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
    After nearly a month off the tour, Lisicki returned as the twelfth seed in the 2012 Internazionali BNL d'Italia.
    More Details Hide Details She faced Marina Erakovic in the first round, where she lost.
    Lisicki also missed the 2012 Mutua Madrid Open, a Premier Mandatory tournament.
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    As a result of the fall in her quarterfinal match, Lisicki was forced to the sideline at the Fed Cup World Group Play-off tie against Australia. She was also forced to pull out of the 2012 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, from which she was defending a quarterfinal spot in singles and the doubles title which she won with Samantha Stosur.
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    In doubles, she paired with 2012 Australian Open women's doubles champion Vera Zvonareva.
    More Details Hide Details They lost to top seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond.
    At the 2012 Family Circle Cup, Lisicki was the sixth seed.
    More Details Hide Details She received a bye into the second round. There she faced lucky loser Andrea Hlaváčková, winning in three. She faced qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova in the third round and won in straight sets. In the quarterfinals, she faced Serena Williams. Behind 1–4 to her opponent, Lisicki fell and injured her left ankle. She retired from the match in tears, sending Serena into the semis.
    Lisicki next went to the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open, where she was the twelfth seed.
    More Details Hide Details She got a bye to the second round where she faced Sofia Arvidsson. Victorious, she then faced Peng Shuai in the third round. She won this match too and then faced Li Na in the fourth round. Li defeated Lisicki in three sets.
    Lisicki's next competition was the 2012 Indian Wells tournament, where she was the eleventh seed.
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    Lisicki's next tournament was the 2012 Dubai Tennis Championships, where she was supposed to face fifth seed Agnieszka Radwańska in the first round.
    More Details Hide Details However, after second seed Petra Kvitová withdrew, she became the ninth seed and received Kvitová's bye into the second round. There she met Iveta Benešová, defeating her in two sets. In the quarterfinals she was knocked out by Poland's Radwańska.
    Lisicki then competed in the 2012 Qatar Ladies Open where she was the ninth seed.
    More Details Hide Details In the first round she met compatriot Angelique Kerber and lost in three sets to continue a losing streak dating back to the fourth round of the Australian Open. In doubles, she was the fourth seed along with Russian Maria Kirilenko. They received a bye into the second round where they met Andreja Klepač and Alicja Rosolska, beating them in a third set tie-break. In the third round they met fifth seeds Nuria Llagostera Vives and Anastasia Rodionova. They lost the first set 4–6, and in the second set, Llagostera Vives and Rodionova took an early 3–1 lead, but Lisicki and Kirilenko were able to even the score by winning the following two games. The two teams swapped a break of serve to bring the score to 4–4. The teams held serve and brought the set to a tiebreak. Lisicki and Kirilenko won 7–3 to level the score at one set each. They lost the third set, and with it, ultimately, the match.
    Lisicki's next tournament was supposed to be the 2012 Open GDF Suez where she was to be the fifth seed.
    More Details Hide Details She pulled out before the tournament began with a viral illness.
    At the 2012 Fed Cup, Lisicki played for Germany alongside Julia Görges, Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Angelique Kerber.
    More Details Hide Details She started off the meeting between Germany and the Czech Republic by facing Iveta Benešová, a match in which she lost. In her second match, she faced Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová and also lost. Germany lost the meeting by a score of 1–4.
    Lisicki next entered the 2012 Apia International Sydney where she was unseeded.
    More Details Hide Details Before the first round of the tournament began, she pulled out with her recent back injury and gave her place to Lucky Loser, Alexandra Dulgheru. Lisicki next competed in the Australian Open where she was the fourteenth seed. In the first round, she faced Stefanie Vögele and beat her in three sets. In the second round, she defeated Shahar Pe'er. In the third round, she beat eighteenth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. She was defeated by Russian Maria Sharapova. Lisicki took the first set, winning six consecutive games after being down 0–3, but was unable to match Sharapova in the following two sets.
  • 2011
    Age 21
    This marked the third year that Lisicki had beaten the reigning French Open champion in Wimbledon, having also beaten Li Na in 2011 and Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In the subsequent quarterfinals, Lisicki once again met fellow German Angelique Kerber. Having lost the previous four meetings, Lisicki proceeded to lose the first set 3–6. Lisicki rallied in the second set to take it in a tiebreak; in this second set Lisicki saved two match points. Some observers felt Kerber was visibly frustrated during the start of the third set, but Lisicki proved ultimately unable to take the match. At one point Lisicki was serving for the match at 5–3, but Kerber went on the take the third set, and the match, dropping Lisicki back down to a world ranking of 18.
    The two Germans next faced Czech pair and 2011 French Open champions Lucie Hradecká and Andrea Hlaváčková, losing in straight sets.
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    In the quarterfinal, she faced Angelique Kerber, the 2011 US Open semifinalist, and was losing 4–6, before retiring, due to a back injury, in the second set at a score of 3–4.
    More Details Hide Details In doubles, she entered with Chinese player Peng Shuai and they won their first round match against Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. Both the Italians would go on to the Australian Open in four weeks time. In the second round, they pulled out due to the injury picked up by Lisicki in the quarterfinal of the singles tournament against Angelique Kerber.
    Seeded 22nd at the 2011 US Open, she easily advanced to the second round with a straight-sets win over Alona Bondarenko.
    More Details Hide Details She was scheduled to play Venus Williams in the second round, but Williams withdrew before it started due to her recent diagnosis of Sjögren's syndrome. Lisicki dispatched Irina Falconi to advance to the fourth round for the first time, before ultimately being defeated by second seed Vera Zvonareva. At the China Open Liscki defeated Zheng Saisai in straight sets but withdrew from her second round match against Kaia Kanepi. Lisicki was named the WTA comeback player of the year in November. Lisicki's first tournament in 2012 was the 2012 ASB Classic Tournament where she was the number 1 seed. In the first round, she defeated Virginie Razzano. In the second round, she defeated Mona Barthel.
    Lisicki then traveled to Dallas to compete in the inaugural 2011 Texas Tennis Open as the 5th seed.
    More Details Hide Details After advancing to the semifinals with an easy win over qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko, she crushed 8th seed Irina-Camelia Begu to advance to the final. Lisicki won her third title, defeating qualifier Aravane Rezaï, having dropped no more than three games each match of the way to her victory. She moved to a new career-high rank of world number 18 on 29 August.
    At 2011 Western & Southern Open Lisicki lost to Shahar Pe'er in the first round.
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    At the 2011 Bank of the West Classic, Lisicki beat 4th seed and doubles partner Samantha Stosur and 5th seed Agnieszka Radwańska, but fell to Serena Williams in the semifinals.
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    At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Lisicki received a wildcard to enter the tournament, advancing to the semifinals of a major for the first time, and beating third seed and recent French Open champion Li Na in the second round.
    More Details Hide Details She was eliminated by Maria Sharapova in straight sets after leading the first set 3–0. This was the first time in 12 years that a German woman (since Steffi Graf reached the Wimbledon finals in 1999) had reached the semifinal stage of a Grand Slam. Lisicki was the second wild-card entry to reach the women's semifinals in Wimbledon history. In doubles, Lisicki partnered with Samantha Stosur and lost in the final.
    At the 2011 Aegon Classic, Lisicki reached the final where she defeated Daniela Hantuchová to win her second WTA Tour title.
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    At the 2011 French Open, Lisicki advanced to the second round against the number three seed, Vera Zvonareva.
    More Details Hide Details Lisicki had a match point at 5–2 of the third set, but she lost the point and eventually the match. Afterwards, she lay on the court, sobbing, and was taken off on a stretcher due to injury.
    At the 2011 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Lisicki lost in the quarterfinals against her compatriot Julia Görges, eventual champion of the tournament.
    More Details Hide Details In doubles, Lisicki partnered with former world no. 1 doubles player Samantha Stosur to win her first ever career doubles title.
    At the 2011 Family Circle Cup, Lisicki reached the third round, but lost to Sania Mirza in two sets.
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    She lifted her form and reached the third round at the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, where she was defeated by Maria Sharapova.
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    After losing at the 2011 BNP Paribas Open to Sorana Cîrstea in the qualifying rounds in March, Lisicki fell down the world rankings to number 218.
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    Lisicki started the 2011 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
    More Details Hide Details She lost to Yanina Wickmayer in three sets in the second round. In the Australian Open, Lisicki played the qualifying tournament and lost in the second round to Vesna Manasieva.
    Lisicki rebounded in 2011 and won the Aegon Classic before entering the Wimbledon Championships as a wildcard and going on to reach the semifinals, where she lost to Maria Sharapova.
    More Details Hide Details In doing so she became only the second woman in Wimbledon history to make it to the semifinals while entering the tournament as a wildcard. She followed that two months later by winning her third WTA tournament, the Texas Open. In 2012, she achieved her highest career world ranking, 12th, and again reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Again, in 2012 she suffered from another ankle injury that prevented her from having better results on tour.
  • 2010
    Age 20
    Coming into the 2010 US Open ranked world number 96, Lisicki advanced to the second round before losing to 7th seed and eventual finalist Vera Zvonareva.
    More Details Hide Details After the US Open, Lisicki failed to qualify for the Luxembourg Open causing her ranking to fall to number 179 in the world rankings.
    Lisicki started the 2010 season by playing at the Hopman Cup for Germany.
    More Details Hide Details She won her singles ties against Elena Dementieva and Laura Robson but lost to Yaroslava Shvedova. Partnering with Philipp Kohlschreiber, they lost all their doubles matches, so Germany did not proceed to the finals. Lisicki then travelled to Melbourne to compete in the Australian Open where she was the 21st seed. However, she was defeated in the second round by Alberta Brianti in three sets. Her first tournament after the Australian Open was the Pattaya Open in Bangkok where she was the second seed. However, she lost her second round match to home player Tamarine Tanasugarn. She then went to Dubai to compete in the Dubai Tennis Championships. She lost her second round match against Venus Williams. Her next two tournaments were at Indian Wells and Miami. In both tournaments, Lisicki retired in the second round because of an ankle injury. The injury sidelined her for five months, and she withdrew from tournaments at Ponte Vedra and Charleston. She also missed The French Open and Wimbledon. Lisicki had to learn how to walk again and faced suggestions that she should retire rather than risk further injury. She later said: "I always believed. Always. No matter what happened. I can still remember when the doctor told me that I have to be on crutches the next six weeks. That period made me such a much stronger person and player. I know anything is possible after learning how to walk again.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2009
    Age 19
    She then beat 2009 champion Magdaléna Rybáriková and 2013 champion Daniela Hantuchová to advance to the semifinals.
    More Details Hide Details She lost to fellow countrywoman and eventual champion Angelique Kerber in straight sets. Lisicki then played at Wimbledon as the 18th seed. She beat Jarmila Gajdošová and Christina McHale to advance to the third round. She lost to Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets ending a streak of making the quarterfinals or better which she had done in her five previous appearances. Lisicki began her summer hard court season at the Bank of the West Classic. She lost to Kimiko Date-Krumm in the first round in three sets after being up a set and 4–1. Lisicki then played at the Rogers Cup, beating last years finalist, Venus Williams and Barbora Strýcová to advance to the third round where she lost to eventual champion, Belinda Bencic in three sets despite having a match point in the third set. She then played at the Western & Southern Open and lost in the first round to Caroline Garcia in three sets. Lisicki then played at the US Open as the 24th seed. She beat qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Camila Giorgi in the first two rounds. In the third round she beat Barbora Strýcová in three tight sets, coming from 1–5 down in the third set to advance to the fourth round for the first time at the tournament since 2011. It was the final singles match ever played on the Grandstand court. She lost to Simona Halep in three sets, in a match that had a combined 105 unforced errors and 17 breaks of serve.
    Seeded 23rd, Lisicki advanced to the second round at the 2009 US Open, but lost to qualifier Anastasia Rodionova.
    More Details Hide Details On Rodionova's match point, Lisicki slipped while going to return a backhand and injured her left ankle. She left the court in a wheelchair as Rodionova advanced to the third round. Lisicki later reported that an MRI showed no tears. The injury was a sprain, and Lisicki returned to her base in Florida for rehabilitation. Lisicki returned to the tour at the Toray Pan Pacific Open at the end of September, where she reached the second round, but lost in three sets to seventh seed Jelena Janković. In October, Lisicki reached the final of the Luxembourg Open, but lost to Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland. On her way to the final she beat Iveta Benešová, Polona Hercog, Patty Schnyder and Shahar Pe'er. Lisicki qualified for the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions. She lost her first round robin match to Aravane Rezaï, but won her second round robin match against Melinda Czink.
    To reach the quarterfinal, she had defeated Anna Chakvetadze in the first round, Patricia Mayr in the second, the 2009 French Open champion and number 5 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round, and ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth.
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    Lisicki played her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, where she was beaten by world number 1 Dinara Safina.
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    In a 2009 interview with the German newspaper Die Welt, her father put emphasis on Lisicki being German: "Sabine is a German – not only because of her birth here Germany."
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  • 2008
    Age 18
    At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, Lisicki lost in the first round to the 2007 runner-up, number 11 seed Marion Bartoli.
    More Details Hide Details In October, Lisicki reached her first WTA final at the Tashkent Open, where she lost in three sets to fellow teenager Sorana Cîrstea of Romania. Lisicki started her year at the Hopman Cup in Perth where she advanced to the third round before losing to Dominika Cibulková in straight sets. At the Australian Open, Lisicki defeated the 30th seed Aleksandra Wozniak in the opening round before losing to Samantha Stosur in straight sets. She then took part in Germany's 3–2 win over Switzerland in their Fed Cup World Group II tie, defeating Timea Bacsinszky but losing to Patty Schnyder. At the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Lisicki reached the semifinals, defeating number 3 seed Lucie Šafářová on the way before losing to eventual winner Victoria Azarenka. Lisicki then took part in the first Premier Mandatory tournament of the year in North America. At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, she lost in the first round to Elena Vesnina. At the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, she lost in the second round to 26th seed Iveta Benešová. During the clay-court season, Lisicki lost in the second round of the MPS Group Championships in Ponte Vedra Beach to eventual finalist and number 5 seed Aleksandra Wozniak. On the green clay at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, Lisicki won her first WTA Tour title without dropping a set, defeating the 5th seed Caroline Wozniacki in the final.
    Lisicki next reached the fourth round of the Miami 2008 Sony Ericsson Open, a Tier I event, where she defeated sixth seeded Anna Chakvetadze in straight sets, but was defeated in the next round by Elena Dementieva.
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    At the 2008 Australian Open, Lisicki's first Grand Slam tournament, she defeated the number 16-seeded player, Dinara Safina, as well as Mariya Koryttseva to reach the third round as a qualifier.
    More Details Hide Details She lost her third round match to Caroline Wozniacki. In the first round of the Fed Cup against the United States, Lisicki defeated Lindsay Davenport in straight sets.
  • 2007
    Age 17
    She defeated top-seed Katie O'Brien on 2 August 2007 at the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, Lisicki competed at the 2006 Sunfeast Open – Singles Qualifying in Kolkata, where she defeated Ragini Vimal in the first round, but lost in the final qualifying round to Sanaa Bhambri.
    Lisicki had a successful year in 2007 on the ITF circuit and climbed from world number 497 to number 198 in the WTA rankings.
    More Details Hide Details She won two titles, one in Jersey and the other in Toronto.
  • 2006
    Age 16
    Lisicki competed in her first WTA Main Draw match when she was given a wildcard to play in the 2006 Berlin Open.
    More Details Hide Details She played Mara Santangelo in the first round and lost in three sets, 6-3 2-6 1-6.
    She turned professional in 2006 and her breakthrough came in 2009 when she reached the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Championships and won her first WTA title, the Family Circle Cup, against Caroline Wozniacki.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2010, she suffered an ankle injury at the Indian Wells Masters that kept her out of competition for five months and saw her fall out of the top 200.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1989
    Born
    Lisicki was born in Troisdorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details Her father, who introduced her to the sport at the age of seven, has a doctorate in sport science and is her coach. Her mother is a painter specialising in ceramics. Since 2004, Lisicki has trained at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where she is sponsored and managed by IMG. She is coached by her father, who studied sport science in Wrocław and Cologne. Early in her career, Lisicki could not fly to tournaments because of a lack of funding. She had to be driven across Europe in a car by her parents so that she could attend tournaments. Lisicki said: "My parents did everything possible to let me play tennis. That's what I appreciated so much. My dad has worked from 8 in the morning til 9 in the evening to make it possible so I can play tennis. We had to cancel tournaments because we couldn't afford to go there."
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