The powerful young German had a breakthrough season in 2009, winning her first career title in Charleston (on clay) and reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. On her way to the last eight at the All England Club, Sabine Lisicki defeated the No. 5 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and the No. 9 seed Caroline Wozniacki before falling to top-seeded Dinara Safina. A left ankle injury sidelined Lisicki for five months in 2010, contributing to the former world No. 22's plummet to No. 218 in March, 2011. She revived her ranking in capturing two titles (Birmingham and Dallas) and upsetting French Open champ Li Na en route to her first major semifinal at Wimbledon. Lisicki, who possesses one of the most powerful serves in tennis, became the first German woman in 12 years to contest a major semifinal. She reached No. 15 and earned WTA Comeback Player of the Year honors. At the 2013 Wimbledon, Lisicki upset world No. 1 and defending champion Serena Williams before beating 2012 finalist Agnieszka Radwanska to reach her first Grand Slam final where she lost to Marion Bartoli.
Lisicki lives and trains at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Sabine Lisicki Tournament History
2011: Dallas, Birmingham