Sabine Lisicki withdraw
from the Bell Challenge 2009
Sabine Lisicki withdraw from
the Bell Challenge 2009 due to a
continuing ankle injury.
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.
10" (1.78 m)
Weight: 154 lbs.
Year In Detail
JANUARY - Reached 2r
at Australian Open (d. No.30 seed Wozniak en route; l. to
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.
Winner (1): 2009 - Charleston; 2007 - ITF/Jersey 2-GBR,
Finalist (1): 2008 - Tashkent.
Semifinalist (1): 2009 - Memphis.
Quarterfinalist (3): 2009 - Estoril, Wimbledon; 2008 -
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.