Date of birth : 1989-12-22
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Troisdorf, Germany
Nationality : German
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-05-16
Sabine Lisicki is a professional German tennis player. She achieved her career high rank of #22 on 3 August 2009. She lives in Bradenton, Florida. Lisicki is the daughter of first-generation Polish immigrants.
The powerful young German had a breakthrough season in 2009, winning her first career title in Charleston (on clay) and reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, her best-ever result at a Grand Slam. On her way to the last eight at the All England Club, Sabine Lisicki defeated the No. 5 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and the No. 9 seed Caroline Wozniacki before falling to top-seeded Dinara Safina. Lisicki’s serve is one of the most powerful in the WTA. She lives and trains at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Lisicki started the 2010 season by playing at the Hopman Cup for Germany. 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 upset 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 2nd seed. However, she lost her second round match to home-crowd favourite 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 had to retire in the second round because of an ankle injury.
Because of injury, Lisicki was then forced to pull out of tournaments at Ponte Vedra and Charleston. She also missed missed the Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
Coming into the 2010 US Open ranked world number 96, Lisicki advanced to the second round before losing to 7th seeded Vera Zvonareva.
After the US Open, Lisicki failed to qualify for the Luxembourg leading to her dropping out of the Top-100.
Lisicki started the 2011 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland. She beat India's Sania Mirza to qualify for it. She then won her first round match against Florencia Molinero, 6-1 6-3, before losing to Yanina Wickmayer in three sets in the second round. After losing at 2011 BNP Paribas Open to Sorana Cirstea, Sabine lifted her form up and she reached third round at 2011 Sony Ericsson Open. She beat Melinda Czink and caused an upset beating Nadia Petrova when Petrova retired in the third set due the dizziness. She fell to Maria Sharapova in the third round. At 2011 Family Circle Cup Sabine reached third round but lost to Sania Mirza in two sets. She beat Marion Bartoli in the second round.
Coached by father, Dr Richard Lisicki
Mother's name is Elisabeth (an artist - painting, ceramics); has a Yorkshire Terrier named Happy
Introduced to tennis at age 7 by father at a club after school
Favorite surfaces are hard, grass; favorite shot is serve
Speaks German, English, Polish
Favorite book is Lance Armstrong's autobiography
Likes listening to pop and R&B music, reading and athletics
Self-described as happy, a hard worker and someone who laughs a lot
Most admires Andre Agassi.
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