“Very Tough and Long Road”: The Hardship Story of Former Wimbledon Runners-up

Published 11/13/2020, 4:04 AM EST
LONDON – JUNE 24: Flowers show the Wimbledon logo during previews for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Germany’s Sabine Lisicki is fondly remembered for her performances at the Wimbledon Championships. In the course of her career, she has enjoyed great success on the grass courts in London. The irony is that, although grass being her favorite surface to play on, she is allergic to it.

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Sabine’s serve is considered one of the most lethal in the womens’ game. She has a strong ability to play powerful groundstrokes, both on the forehand and backhand.

She held the record for clocking the fastest serve ever (130mph) for a number of years before García Pérez (136.7mph) overtook her. She has won 4 WTA titles in her career so far.

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Earlier this week, Lisicki partnered Britain’s Jodie Burrage in the women’s doubles category. Unfortunately, during their match, the German fell on court and ended up tearing her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). This was her first tournament of the season.

She posted on her Twitter account recently and stated, “I had an MRI scan the same evening & unfortunately I had a torn ACL. I already had surgery & got all fixed up by the best doctors.

“It’s going to be a very tough & long road back but I’m luckily surrounded by the best medical team!”

She thanked fans for the support received. She also said, “Thank you so much for every single message of encouragement that I have received. You guys are the best!”

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2013: Great Run at Wimbledon

In 2013, Sabine Lisicki had one of the most memorable breaks at Wimbledon. She managed to beat Serena Williams, who at that time was on a 34-match winning streak. In the semi-finals, she defeated Radwanska in another 3-set epic battle.

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She is the first German to reach a Wimbledon final after the great Steffi Graf did back in 1999. However, she fell to Marion Bartoli in the final. There was a sense of disappointment at the Centre Court that day.

Lisicki has dealt with injuries throughout her career. Be it the shoulder, her ankle, and the most recent one being the ACL. She has battled her injuries and progressed too. We hope she comes back stronger and plays some amazing tennis.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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