Quotable Quotes: Sabine After The Final

Though she came up just short in the end, Sabine Lisicki captured the hearts of the tennis world with her inspired run to her first Grand Slam final. The German star spoke to the press afterwards.

Published July 06, 2013 12:03

Quotable Quotes: Sabine After The Final
Sue Barker, Sabine Lisicki

LONDON, England - Though she came up just short in the end, Sabine Lisicki captured the hearts of the tennis world with her inspired run to her first Grand Slam final. The German star met the press...

On nerves...
"I was a little bit surprised because I felt fine this morning. But it's an occasion you don't get every day. So it's something completely new for me. But I will learn and take away so much from it. I have done that in the past. Experience has always helped me so much. When I was in the quarterfinals here for the first time, when I was in the semis for the first time, and now in the final for the first time. I've always gained experience here, and I hope that next time it will help me to go one step further."

On what it was about the occasion that made it sink in the most...
"I think everything together. The walk on court is different - you walk on with flowers, you walk on together. Everything is a little bit different. You've been here for two weeks. The feeling and the atmosphere get different. But still, it's been a great tournament for me. I've played my best tennis here. I had to take out the champion and runner-up from last year, so that's pretty big. This will help me continue to play well and get better - this tournament definitely made me a better player."

On the crowd...
"I think the crowd helped me a lot in the moment. When they got up and applauded and tried to get me back into it, they gave me the energy to get back into it and try everything. But obviously, after those two weeks and having so many hard matches, it's draining. I think Marion was fresher today."

On the late surge in the second set...
"I wasn't thinking about pressure. I was just trying to enjoy myself again, as I've done in the past two weeks. I tried to convince myself to have fun, because that's what I love to do. It's still the court I love most. I thought, 'Hang in there for every point.' And I was really fighting for every point."

On Bartoli...
"We're good friends. We've known each other for a while. We've had some tough matches. It was good to play against her. She deserves it. She's been on tour for so long. I'm happy for her. Of course I'm disappointed, but I'm happy for her, and I hope I'll get the chance to go further one day, as well."

On translating her amazing success at Wimbledon to the rest of the season...
"I'm really looking forward to playing a lot of tournaments. I'm very happy I'm healthy. That's been a struggle in the past. But this year I've been getting much, much better, and much more consistent, because I was healthy. That helps a lot. And taking a physio with me more often will help, as well."

On whether she believes she can come back again and win the title, like Bartoli did...
"Yes. I still believe in it. I did believe in it in the beginning of the tournament, that anything is possible. I'm getting better with each tournament, and with each year I'm on the tour. So that's something that will help me for the future. As I've said before, I've learned a lot from experience. I really do. From the quarter and semifinal here in the past, I've learned a lot, and I went one step further this time."

And on her greatest and toughest moments of the fortnight...
"Well, today is the toughest one. The happiest, well, there were two. Beating Serena, obviously, because she's been nearly unbeaten all year. Everybody was saying that it was impossible to beat her, especially on grass here at Wimbledon. So, to pull that off, and the way it went also, the kind of rallies we had, it was just such good quality tennis. It really did give me a lot of joy and confidence.

"But obviously also beating Radwanska, who was in the final last year. Just the whole journey."

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