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Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon 2013: Smiling Through Tears

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Sabine Lisicki after 2013 Wimbledon FinalDuring Saturday’s ladies Wimbledon Final, Marion Bartoli of France defeated Germany’s Sabine Lisicki (6-1, 6-4) and won her first Grand Slam title.

There wasn’t lack of forecasts before this match but the vast majority of fans and experts gave preference to the tennis player from Germany. After all, on her way to the Final, Lisicki went through such great top players as Samantha Stosur, Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska.

Bartoli’s way was much easier. Due to the rather rapid “departure” from Wimbledon of Maria Sharapova and the injury of Victoria Azarenka, she got a really serious rival only in the final match of the tournament.

That’s why a majority of the audience just clamored for victory by Lisicki and that is why she was a favorite in the decisive match for the Wimbledon title. Bartoli also got some love because of the quality of tennis that she showed throughout this tournament.

Unfortunately, all those emotional forces that Lisicki spent on her victories over Stosur, Williams and Radwanska were limited. The nervous tension of the Final froze this girl even more. Yes, she started the match making a break point in the first game but then she began to give away one point after another and looked like she was out of the match. Bartoli used the situation very well and the score in favor of Bartoli grew by leaps and bounds.

But Lisicki continued to hold all the tension in herself and was able to return mentally to the match only when the score was 1-5 in the second set. She finally “repaired” her strong serve and a little calm enabled the German to reduce the score to a minimum. But at the crucial moment Bartoli still made no mistakes and eventually won the match.

Next time, Lisicki probably should use some tips of the notorious psychologist Dr. Lauer, who has helped a considerable number of tennis players to change their mind state. Lisicki certainly should hurl the racket a couple of times and throw out the negative emotions that she accumulates during matches.

“It was completely new for me. The walk on court was different, with the flowers. Everything is different. It’s draining after two weeks, so many hard matches, if you have a tough draw like I did,” Lisicki said to the media. “Marion didn’t have to take out any huge player. Matches are different against top players. They’re heavier. They’re longer. You have more draining rallies. Mentally and physically I wasn’t at a hundred per cent. I took out three Grand Slam champions and went 9-7 in the third against Radwanska two days ago. Marion was fresher. I was a bit sad I couldn’t perform the way I can.” she continued.

However, Bartoli won not just in the game of tennis but in the war of nerves and this fact does not diminish the merits of the French woman. Her nerves were much stronger than Lisicki’s. The French “fighter” won deservedly despite the fact that most of the audience at Center Court expected a different result, taking into account Lisicki’s triumphant way at this Wimbledon.

“It was still a great tournament,” Lisicki noted. “I’ve played my best tennis here. I took out the champion and runner-up from last year. That’s pretty big. This tournament definitely made me a better player. It was hard today but the experience will help me in the future. I still believe I can be champion one day.” she added.

The tears of Sabine Lisicki during the match and after it are emotional confirming of the foregoing. It is unlikely that anything can serve as a consolation for the German athlete. However, now she has a new experience that she will surely need in future victories. But despite everything, her sincere, charming and disarming smile at the 2013 Wimbledon will be remembered forever.

Photo: Wimbledon

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