Sabine Lisicki is the favorite to win Wimbledon after her surprising upset of Serena Williams at Wimbledon.
After her match and stunning 6-2 1-6 6-4 upset of the five-time champion, Lisicki was asked if she felt added pressure to win at Wimbledon. The new favorites simple response? “No, not at all.”
The new Grand Slam favorite and 23rd seed added “I’m already focused for tomorrow.”
Lisicki will take on Estonian Kaia Kanepi in her last eight showdown.
The 23-year-old rising star has been held back by injury, and, in 2011, she fell out of the world’s top 200 rankings list. However, Sabine Lisicki has always excelled during grass court play.
Lisicki made her way into the 2009 quarter-finals at Wimbledon, and she was a semi-finalist as a wildcard in 2012 when she lost to Maria Sharapova.
In singles matches at the All-England club, Sabine Lisicki has achieved a 17-4 record. In comparison, her record at the Australian, French, and US Opens sits at 16-15.
Lisicki says of her comfort at Wimbledon:
“I feel very comfortable here. Having the house, having the whole team being in the house, being able to cook, having a great atmosphere … Then obviously playing on grass, as well, which suits my game well.”
Lisicki has become somewhat of a wunderkind when it comes to removing Grand Slam winners from tournament play. Lisicki has defeated French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, former US Open winner Samantha Stosur, and now Serena Williams at Wimbledon.
Sabine Lisicki says her game has improved because of a more confident stroke that she has continued to develop. The Wimbledon favorite also says her ability to unseat three former Grand Slam champs has boosted her confidence.
Sabine explains of her current gameplay:
“I have a very good rhythm. I think before the tournament I started to serve really well already in Birmingham (warm-up tournament). I think I found my rhythm again. I hope I can keep it up.”
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