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Sabine Lisicki: Triumph and Tears in Calgary

She can still do it!

In Calgary, tennis star Sabine Lisicki (34) hit the serve over the net at up to 209 km/h. No player on the WTA tour serves as hard. That was enough to win the ITF Challenger: 7:6 (7:2), 6:7 (5:7), 6:3 against Canadian Stacey Fung (26), number 230 in the world.

Even with this success, Lisicki is only number 281 in the world rankings after her comeback stalled after a good summer in 2022. But now she gained a lot of confidence with her first tournament victory since 2014, when she won the WTA tournament in Hong Kong.

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Lisicki in tears on the pitch: “Three years ago I had a serious knee operation. It was questionable whether I would even be able to play tennis again. It was a hard time coming back and now here I am.”

After the match point, she dropped the racket, sank to the ground, and lay on her back for a few seconds, repeatedly covering her face with her hands in disbelief. Even when she thanks the audience in the better school sports hall.

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The Berliner still holds the official world serve record at 210.8 km/h. And even nine years later in Calgary, many things were the same as before: surcharges consistently exceeded 200 km/h. 53 aces in the five matches, 13 in the final alone.

Lisicki: “I still can’t believe it. The operation was almost three years ago to the day. Three and a half hours of surgery, 19 months of brutal rehabilitation. And yet we did it and won the title in Calgary.” We, that is above all father Richard, who has been looking after them again since their comeback in 2022.

Sabine Lisicki after match point in Calgary. The Berliner can hardly believe her luck

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The 2013 Wimbledon finalist moved up 99 places thanks to her tournament success. Whether things continue like this in the coming weeks and months will depend on whether she gets into the big tournaments again. First goal: qualify for Grand Slams.

That would be even more valuable than Calgary’s win.

2023-11-13 11:31:05
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