Kerber and Lisicki fail in Bad Homburg

Bad day for German tennis: Both Sabine Lisicki and returnee Angelique Kerber had to give up in Bad Homburg. For Daniel Altmaier Mallorca was the last stop in the round of eight.

No successful title defense: Angelique Kerber.


Defending champion Angelique Kerber was surprisingly eliminated in the quarterfinals of the tennis tournament in Bad Homburg. The 34-year-old from Kiel had to admit defeat to Frenchwoman Alizé Cornet 4: 6, 6: 2, 1: 6 at her home event on Thursday and thus botched the dress rehearsal for the lawn classic in Wimbledon, which begins on Monday.

Kerber could not build on their good performances from the first two rounds. Although she braced herself against defeat in the second set. But in the third round, Cornet pulled away again.

Lisicki happy despite being out

Sabine Lisicki also missed out on reaching the semi-finals. The 32-year-old from Berlin lost in the quarterfinals against Caroline Garcia from France 3: 6, 6: 7 (7: 9). The former Wimbledon finalist had to admit defeat after 1:56 hours. Lisicki was unable to take advantage of numerous break chances, especially in the second set, and even missed two set points in the tie-break. Garcia finally made her progress perfect with the first match point

Nevertheless, Lisicki came to a satisfied conclusion. “It was definitely the right decision to come here and collect points,” said the Berliner after the game. “It takes me further, also in terms of match practice and self-confidence.” Lisicki recently celebrated her comeback after a long injury break. “The level that I play is top 100 level,” she said with satisfaction.

Altmaier has to bow to Bonzi

Daniel Altmaier was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the tournament in Mallorca. The 23-year-old from Kempen was clearly beaten by Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi 3:6, 4:6 at the dress rehearsal for the grass classic in Wimbledon on Thursday. Nevertheless, Altmaier was able to draw a positive conclusion shortly before the third Grand Slam tournament of the season, which begins on Monday.

At the grass events in Stuttgart and Halle, he was eliminated in the first round both times. He celebrated his first two victories on grass this year in Mallorca.



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