Lisicki's Wimbledon love-affair keeps blossoming

Tue Jul 1, 2014 11:07am EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - A sore shoulder could not prevent Sabine Lisicki's love-affair with grass from blossoming further as she reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 6-3 3-6 6-4 win over Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova on Tuesday.

For 50 weeks of the year, the 24-year-old German seems to get lost in the crowd by producing one non-descript performance after another.

But come Wimbledon fortnight the 2013 runner-up morphs into a world beater and has now reached at least the quarter-finals in each of her last five appearances, having missed the 2010 tournament through injury.

The 19th seed raised a few alarms within her camp on day eight of the championships when she took a medical time out at breakpoint down at 1-1 in the third set. Lying flat on her stomach on Court Three, her back and shoulder was massaged and brought back to life by the tournament trainer.

"The timing was very unfortunate. I hit a ball before, and it just went into my back. I tried to keep going. I played a few points but I wasn't able to lift my arm," said the German who lights up the court with her beaming smile.

   "I mean, it was obvious. I was serving, what, 50 miles an hour or something. I don't remember if I ever served that slow in my life before.

"That's why I had to call the trainer. I just couldn't lift my arm anymore."

Although she received further treatment during the changeovers, she maintained her focus and wrapped up victory on her third match point when Shvedova netted a forehand.   Continued...

Sabine Lisicki of Germany reacts during her women's singles tennis match against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 1, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth