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Sabine Lisicki's Bali Blog: Sunday

German star Sabine Lisicki wraps up the last WTA Blog of the year from beautiful Bali. Until next season...

Published November 06, 2011 12:00

BALI, Indonesia - Not only did she win two International-level titles this year in Birmingham and Dallas, she broke into the Top 20 for the first time. With little to defend until the clay court season it seems the sky is the limit for Sabine Lisicki, and the young German is one of the favorites for the Commonwealth Bank Tournament Of Champions in beautiful Bali this week. Read on...

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Hi everybody, this is my last blog of the week :(

Unfortunately I didn't have such a great ending to the tournament - I pulled a muscle in my back during the warm-up before my semifinal match yesterday, and I couldn't finish the match. I hope to recover quickly, and now it's the off-season, so I have a couple days off to relax.

On Saturday we had the players party, with the auction for charity. As I mentioned in one of my first blogs, my mother and I painted some ceramics, and both of them together went for $7,000. The entire evening brought around $10,000 in. I think everyone was happy those two pieces went so well :) We're both happy to help such a great cause. A local designer, Rico, did our dresses. My dress was perfect. It was beautiful and I really enjoyed wearing it.

It has been a fantastic season for me, but it has been a long one too, and I'm really looking forward to the off-season. I was ranked No.218 in April and will have a career-high of No.15 tomorrow. Thanks to all of you for your support throughout the year, this wouldn't have been possible without you. I'll have so many great moments I'll remember from this year!! I hope you guys keep supporting me in 2012 and throughout my career. I hope we can have a lot more great moments together :)

And of course don't forget to check out my homepage and facebook page during the off-season! I'll be loading up some nice and fun pictures!! And even though I will be only training I'll try to show you around a little how life is during that time :)

I hope you enjoyed my blog. I'll chat to you again soon!

Sabine

How do you choose where to hit your serves? Dave, Canada
It obviously depends what weakness my opponent has. But also sometimes I just go for the big serves, and where I hit it just depends on how I feel and what suits the moment best ;)

What are your Top 3 favorite things about Bali? Utkarsh, India
The people are very nice - the tournament is very laid back, so it's great to play here. The weather has been great, a little hot and humid and sometimes rainy though, so it's nice to play indoors! And we've also had so many nice activities to do here, like the pottery place.

What did you do with your 3D glasses after you saw Avatar in the theater? Simon
I gave them back on the way out - that's how we do it in Germany!

Were your forehand and backhand always both strong, or did it take longer for one of them to develop? Sandra, Germany
I think I was always pretty even. At some points something always gets stronger and the other catches up but there was never a big difference. I'd say both sides were always pretty even.

Looking back, how do you feel about winning Xperia Hot Shots? Stephanie, UK
Great. Especially in the beginning I was pretty low ranked, so it was a great journey and we did many fun things. My favorite thing was meeting David Guetta. After the interview he spontaneously invited me to come to his concert, which was great. It was also a great experience letting the fans get to know me a little bit better. I hope they enjoyed it as well :)

Me with the designer, Rico!

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