Lisicki Keeps Winning, First Round Wraps Up
Published June 22, 2011 12:00
LONDON, England - Sabine Lisicki has been working her way back up the rankings over the last few months after an ankle injury-marred 2010 season, and on Wednesday she gave herself an opportunity like no other at Wimbledon, setting up a scintillating second rounder with Chinese trailblazer Li Na.
Lisicki, who reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal here two years ago and nearly cracked the Top 20 later in the summer, missed this tournament last year during a five-month lay-off due to her left ankle injury. But she has come alive again recently, most notably storming to her second career WTA title two weeks ago at Birmingham - on grass courts. "I got a lot of confidence from Birmingham," Lisicki said. "After two years of not playing on grass, I didn't know how I would play on it. I wanted to go in and play as many matches on grass as possible. It went pretty well - I got the feel for it. It's different to anything else."
Lisicki improved her grass court record to 7-0 this year - and 14-0 in sets - with a 45-minute, 61 61 demolition of Anastasija Sevastova on Wednesday, hitting 22 winners to just six errors. She bombed eight aces during the match.
"I lost the first seven points of the match, but from then on I played very well and served solid. I did the things I had to," Lisicki said. "I'm coming off a title, and I feel very good. I'm just happy to be back and I'm enjoying every minute of it."
Awaiting Lisicki in the next round will be No.3 seed Li Na, who won her first round match Tuesday. Lisicki beat Li in the pair's only previous meeting.
Other winners as the first round finished included No.13 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, No.16 seed Julia Goerges, No.21 seed Flavia Pennetta, No.24 seed Dominika Cibulkova and No.27 seed Jarmila Gajdosova. No.30 seed Bethanie Mattek-Sands was the only seed to go down on Day 3, falling to unheralded Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi in a tight three-setter, 64 57 75.
Mattek-Sands may not have gotten the win today, but she did turn heads with a very unique tennis outfit. "It was sweet," she said. "I think style makes the game exciting. Obviously it's tough for tennis players to show who they are off the court on the court, other than clothes or something they might say on the court. I think it's a good way to get the women's game more exposure.
"I'm glad to see the Williamses back. They add a lot to the game. Look at Venus' outfit here - it's great. I got to see it a little more today because I was watching during the rain delay. It was very '70s, and '70s are in right now. The high-waisted shorts are cool. I really like the back of it, the open back. I've always loved that. I have to ask her if the flowy sleeves affect her hitting, but it didn't look like it. Everything seemed to stay. It was one of my favorites."