Sabine Lisicki is the winner of today. The goodlooking German defeated fresh French Open winner Na Li in the second round of Wimbledon 3-6 6-4 and 8-6. The win is a quantum leap for Lisicki who spent five months lingering with a persistent ankle injury.
“My emotions are so, I mean, just over the moon,” said Lisicki, who served 17 aces and had 32 winners. “It’s just amazing.”
“It was very, very hard,” she said. “I really had to start from zero after being on crutches for seven weeks so it just means so much to me, you know, winning the title in Birmingham and getting the wild card here. I appreciate it so much, to be back in Wimbledon. It’s just a place that I love so much.”
Lisicki won the Birmingham tournament earlier this month and was granted a wildcard by the Wimbledon organisation. And so far, by ousting Na Li, it seems to be a good call.
Na Li had no answer to the hard serving Lisicki but remained positive at her pressconference:
“Tough match,” Li said. “But I think both players today played great. Nothing wrong, just unlucky. I have two match points. But I can do nothing for these two match points.”
“Start of the first point until the end of the match, every serve was like around 117 miles (per hour),” she said. “I mean, this is impossible for the women.”
The Lisicki party didn’t end after the match and the pressconference. It just continued online on her Facebook page:
Omg, what a match! I won 8:6 in the third set after saving double matchpoint at 3:5 in the 3rd set!!! So happy to win on Center Court in Wimbledon! The crowd was just amazing and helped me a lot! THANK YOU so much!!!
I´m playing doubles with Sam tomorrow and my next singles is vs Doi on saturday! Have a good night everyone! ♥
And because it’s a special victory for Sabine, I find that we should celebrate too with these exclusive photos of Sabine shot by our staff photographer Ralf Reinecke!