Sabine Lisicki withdraw from the Bell Challenge 2009


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Wednesday September 16, 2009


Sabine Lisicki withdraw from the Bell Challenge 2009

No.2 seed Sabine Lisicki withdraw from the Bell Challenge 2009 due to a continuing ankle injury.

Sabine Lisicki is a new rising star from Germany and is currently ranked No. 28 in the world.

If you are not familiar with Sabine heres more information on her.

Residence: Bradenton, FL, USA

DOB: September 22, 1989

Birthplace: Troisdorf, Germany

Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Weight: 154 lbs. (70 kg)

Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Status: Pro (2006)

Year In Detail

JANUARY - Reached 2r at Australian Open (d. No.30 seed Wozniak en route; l. to Stosur).

FEBRUARY - Went 1-1 in Germany's 3-2 Fed Cup World Group II win over Switzerland; reached SF at Memphis (as No.6 seed, d. No.3 seed Safarova en route; l. to No.2 seed and eventual champion Azarenka 76 third set).

MARCH - Fell 1r at Indian Wells (l. to Vesnina); reached 2r at Miami (l. to No.26 seed Benesova).

APRIL - Reached 2r at Ponte Vedra Beach (l. to No.5 seed Wozniak in 3s); breakthrough week in Charleston, winning first Tour title of any kind (as No.16 seed, d. No.2 seed V.Williams, No.6 seed Bartoli and No.5 seed Wozniacki en route to title; wins over world No.5 V.Williams, world No.13 Bartoli and world No.12 Wozniacki were fourth through sixth Top 20 wins, and win over V.Williams was second Top 10 win); surged from No.63 to No.43 afterwards on April 20 (new career-high); went 2-0 in Germany's 3-2 Fed Cup World Group Play-off win over China; reached 2r at Stuttgart (as WC, l. to No.3 seed Jankovic in 3s).

MAY - Reached QF at Estoril (as No.4 seed, ret. vs. No.8 seed Groenefeld w/shoulder injury); withdrew from Warsaw w/suspected appendicitis; fell 1r at Roland Garros (l. to Safarova in 3s).

JUNE - Fell 1r at Eastbourne (l. to Stosur); reached first Grand Slam QF at Wimbledon (d. No.32 seed Chakvetadze, No.5 seed Kuznetsova and No.9 seed Wozniacki en route, falling to top seed Safina in 3s; wins over world No.5 Kuznetsova and world No.9 Wozniacki were third and fourth Top 10 wins); made career Top 30 debut afterwards on July 6 (rose from No.41 to No.26).

JULY - Withdrew from Prague w/right shoulder injury; reached 2r at Stanford (l. to No.4 seed Jankovic in 3s).

AUGUST - Reached 3r at Los Angeles (as No.17 seed, ret. vs. Cirstea w/right shoulder injury); withdrew from Cincinnati and Toronto w/right shoulder injury.

Career In Review

2004 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit.

2005 - Fell in Tour qualifying four times; continued to play on ITF Circuit.

2006 - Played first Tour main draw at Berlin, falling 1r (as WC); fell in Tour qualifying four times; continued to play on ITF Circuit.

2007 - Fell 1r at Berlin (as WC); fell in Tour qualifying twice; won two singles titles on ITF Circuit.

2008 - Breakthrough season, highlighted by reaching first Tour final and first Top 10 win; runner-up at Tashkent (as No.4 seed, d. top seed Peng en route to final; l. to No.3 seed Cirstea 26 64 76(4), having led 3-1 and 4-2 third set w/mp at 5-4); reached first QF in summer at Cincinnati (l. to No.3 seed Kirilenko in 3s) and made impressive run to 4r at Miami (as WC, d. No.5 seed Chakvetadze en route; l. to No.10 seed Dementieva); made main draw debuts at all four majors, reaching 3r at Australian Open (as qualifier, d. No.16 seed Safina en route; l. to Wozniacki 46 64 63, having led 64 42) and 2r at both Roland Garros (l. to No.12 seed Szavay) and US Open (l. to No.27 seed A.Bondarenko in 3s), but falling 1r at Wimbledon (l. to No.11 seed Bartoli); best results in 11 other Tour main draws were three 2r finishes, at Berlin (as WC, d. No.14 seed Peer in 1r; l. to Bammer 63 16 76(5), having led 5-1 third set w/mp at 6-5), Seoul (l. to Stosur in 3s) and Luxembourg (l. to No.3 seed Hantuchova); fell 1r eight times and in Tour qualifying three times; had first three Top 20 wins, at Australian Open (No.16 Safina), Miami (No.6 Chakvetadze; first Top 10 win, also first career match vs. a Top 10 player) and Berlin (No.18 Peer); made Top 100 debut on May 12 (after Berlin; rose from No.102 to No.89) and Top 50 debut on October 6 (after Tashkent; rose from No.64 to No.50, reaching career-high No.49 a week later); member of German Fed Cup team that l. to USA 4-1 in World Group 1r (went 1-1; d. Davenport) and l. to Argentina 3-2 in World Group Play-off (went 1-1); withdrew from Bali and Guangzhou w/right ankle injury.

Career Highlights

Winner (1): 2009 - Charleston; 2007 - ITF/Jersey 2-GBR, ITF/Toronto-CAN.
Finalist (1): 2008 - Tashkent.
Semifinalist (1): 2009 - Memphis.
Quarterfinalist (3): 2009 - Estoril, Wimbledon; 2008 - Cincinnati.

German Fed Cup Team, 2008-09.


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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