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June 23, 2011, 3:35 pm

One month ago, Sabine Lisicki cried in pain and anguish as she was taken off the court on a stretcher at Roland Garros. She had lost a close three setter to Vera Zvonereva, 7-5 in the third, succumbing to cramps and fatigue after having a match point. Today, Lisicki wept again, but this time she was overcome with the emotion of upsetting Li Na in a stirring match under the translucent roof at Center Court.

For Lisicki, the win comes after a long bout with injuries and months of training to return to the tour. A quarterfinalist here at Wimbledon two years ago, Lisicki was entered in qualifying at Roehampton before receiving a late wild card into the main draw. And today against Li, she performed with guts and grace to finally wear down the French Open champion 8-6 in the third.

Late in the match, serving at 5 all, 30-40, Lisicki hit a huge serve up the T that Li scraped back. Lisicki came forward to play a swinging forehand volley. It was a sitter, a simple shot, but she missed it cross-court by a few inches. But her reaction — or rather, her lack of a reaction — was telling. She kept her focus, gave away nothing in her response, and went to her chair for the changeover.

In the next game, she forced four errors off of Li’s forehand. Serving at 15 all, Lisicki caught a backhand a little late, then looked incredulous when the ball clipped the baseline for a winner. Her relieved smile at her father and coach was in stark contrast to Li, who looked tense and unhappy. Lisicki continued to go after Li’s forehand, which missed repeatedly late in the match.

When Lisicki broke again to win the match, her tears moved the crowd. The fans gave her a long, warm ovation as she left Center Court. She had battled back from two match points against her to upset the hottest player on tour.

from:  http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/how-lisicki-bounced-back-to-stun-li/


Sabine Lisicki was born on September 22nd, 1989 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabine_Lisicki

September 22nd, 1989

September 22nd

9 + 22 +2+0+1+0 = 34 = her personal year (from September 22nd, 2010 to September 21st, 2011) = Generating a buzz.



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