Sabine Lisicki has a weapon, and she is not afraid to use it. She has just broken the WTA Tennis record when she served up 27 aces as she faced her opponent at the 2015 Aegon Classic on Wednesday. Her 6-1, 7-6 (4) second round win over Belinda Bencic has proven that she is hot on the grass courts right now.
As the top WTA players are gearing up for the Wimbledon Championship later this month, it seems that Lisicki is well on her way to becoming one of the ladies to look out for. WTA Tennis called her display of aces dazzling as they revealed her new record. She dominated her opponent in the first set, serving up 16 aces, but had more of a challenge in the second set. Bencic managed to give Lisicki a run for her money, despite the 11 aces she smashed her way.
Grass seems to bring out this girl’s best display of excellence, and she sure delivered it. Lisicki was a 2013 Wimbledon finalist and is hoping to move on to the next round as she faces Magdalena Rybarikova on Thursday. She had this to say in her on-court interview after her victory.
“It’s nice to have another record! It’s obviously a good weapon to have on grass. And I love playing on grass, so it’s nice to be back at the Aegon Classic Birmingham.”
Her other record that she holds is for the fastest serve in women’s tennis, at 131 mph. Now that is impressive! Of course, just because you happen to be the queen of aces and have a record-speed serve doesn’t mean that you are completely safe out there. However, it is obvious how much Lisicki loves these grass tennis courts.
“It’s always special to come back to a tournament you’ve won before, but it’s not only that. All the memories I have playing in England, winning here and doing so well at Wimbledon-it’s all so nice.”
In other women’s tennis news at the Aegon Classic, Victoria Azarenka had to bow out of the competition with a foot injury. It is uncertain now whether she will be fit enough for Wimbledon, but she is planning on nursing her injury to be able to play effectively in the coming weeks on grass.
Ana Ivanovic got beaten by Michelle Larcher de Brito, who won in a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6) match. Canadian Eugenie Bouchard was swept under the rug by Kristina Mladenovic of France in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 win. Bouchard has had a disappointing year so far in 2015, as she was considered an up and coming young star since becoming the 2014 Wimbledon finalist. She said that she is working very hard to get to that point once again.
As any tennis fan knows by now, it can be anyone’s game at this point. Sabine Lisicki is definitely a good choice to make a decent run on the grass courts this year. However, Serena Williams, who is the 2015 French Open winner, as reported by the Inquisitr, is always the heavy favorite going into any Grand Slam tournament.
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