Today I learned a lesson watching Sabine Lisicki play at Wimbledon. Sabine Lisicki is world number 19 and is the second highest ranked German player. Lisicki has always played well at Wimbledon after 2008. There is something about the grass courts that brings Lisicki’s game to its highest level. Lisicki has made First Round (2008), Quarterfinals (2009), Semifinals (2011 as a wildcard), Quarterfinals (2012), and runner-up or finalist (2013).
On Saturday evening, Lisicki played Ivanovic and took the first set 6-4. They had to suspend the match due to darkness. The next day they continued the match and Lisicki won in three sets. Lisicki had to play Shvedova the next day. Lisicki took the first set 6-3 even though she hit 8 double faults. She struggled on her serve but managed to hit her targets on the big points.
The second set could have gone either way but it was Shvedova who rose to the occasions and played brilliantly on the big points. Lisicki on the other hand hit either unforced errors or double faulted on big points. The second set was taken by Shvedova by 6-3.
With the score tied 1-1, down an ad after the sixth deuce point, and after her 18th fault of the match, Lisicki walked over to her chair and sat down and started drinking Gatorade and put on a wristband. After thirty seconds, the umpire announced that Lisicki was taking a medical timeout. After four minutes, the timeout was over and so was Lisicki’s shoulder treatment. After saving many more break points, Lisicki fought and Shvedova hit an error so Lisicki held for 2-1. Lisicki broke Shvedova’s serve because she ran every ball down and showed determination and fought to get every ball back in play. Lisicki’s smart play resulted in unforced errors for Shvedova.
Shedova rallied back but came up just short. With the momentum, Lisicki fought even though her shoulder hurt, and broke to be able to serve for the match at 5-3. At 5-3, Lisicki lost hold of her serve and hit another double fault and some sloppy tennis resulted in getting broken at 15.
Shvedova’s first serve did not go in and Lisicki took advantage by getting into a good position and forcing the error. This play resulted in a 0-40, triple match point for Lisicki. Two brilliant points by Shvedova had Sabine still up but only by 40-30. On a fantastic match point, Lisicki won! She showed grit, determination, and fighting spirit. Whenever I am on the court, I will always try and never give up just like Sabine Lisicki did