Sabine Lisicki on her struggles amidst knee injury – It was also so bad that 99.9 percent of the time you wouldn’t return

Sabine Lisicki is now scheduled to lock horns with Moscow’s Aleksandra Krunic in the Round of 32 match of the German Open on Tuesday, July 19.

Sabine Lisicki of Germany. Courtesy: Reuters

Sabine Lisicki of Germany. Courtesy: Reuters

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sabine Lisicki is currently ranked 407 in the world
  • Sabine Lisicki beat Serena Williams in Wimbledon 2013
  • Sabine Lisicki is set to take part in the German Open

German tennis star Sabine Lisicki admitted that she was lucky to have returned to court after sustaining a knee injury during a doubles match back at the Linz tournament in November 2020. The 32-year-old landed awkwardly and tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee.

Thereafter, she was ruled out for around one and half years, after which she returned to court back in May. Lisicki advanced to the quarterfinals of the Bod Homberg Open where she lost to France’s Caroline Garcia.

She is now scheduled to lock horns with Moscow’s Aleksandra Krunic in the Round of 32 match of the German Open on Tuesday, July 19.

“Lindsey Vonn was a very important and inspiring person. We didn’t know each other personally before, but she got in touch with me when I broke everything in my knee that can be broken. She had a very serious knee injury herself, and when you have someone like that and you can ask for advice, that’s a great support,” Lisicki was quoted as saying.

Lisicki, who defeated the legendary Serena Williams back in the 2013 Wimbledon, said that she drew inspiration from Britain’s Andy Murray, who recovered after a hip injury.

“He made it back with a [reconstructed] hip and is playing really good tennis again. My injury was also so bad that 99.9 percent of the time you wouldn’t return to professional sports, so Andy’s story is very inspiring,” she stated.

“I can’t even say what that means to me, when I hear about it or receive messages. It’s nice to know and feel I can show people what can be achieved with a lot of hard work and focus,” Lisicki added.

Lisicki achieved a career-high ranking of 12, but after the injury layoff, she is currently ranked 407 in the world.

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