June 23, 2011 by staff
Sabine Lisicki, French Open champion Li Na of China crashed out of Wimbledon on Thursday, losing 3-6, 6-4, 8-6 to German wildcard Sabine Lisicki in the second round. Third-seeded Li, who made the quarterfinals in 2006, was made despite squandering two match points when he led 5-3 in the decisive match in the German success of great hit back to claim victory.
Lisicki collapsed to her knees with tears on Centre Court roof, when he won the tie with victory assured grip on her third match point in game 14 of the deciding set.
Served in the heyday of German proved crucial as he shot off 17 aces and 21 winners in the match 2h 11min.
“From the first point until the end of the game, each service was like 117 mph. It is impossible for women,” said Li, whose two match points were drawn by two blistering serves that broke the 120 mph barrier.
“I was not tired. We both played a great game. Nothing went wrong; I was just a bit unlucky. I had two match points but could not do anything about it.
“But I had a great time in Europe. Return to my family in China, spend some time with my family and be ready for the next tournament.”
The Lisicki 21 years old, whose career suffered a huge setback in 2010 when a severe left ankle injury sidelined for four months, will address Misaki Doi Japanese qualifier for a place in the last 16 years.
“The crowd helped me a lot when I was facing two match points. They cheered so loud, I never heard a noise,” said the winner, quarterfinals in 2009.
“I always had a powerful service. I think it’s one of the best in women’s tennis,” said Lisicki of her most powerful weapon.
“But we must use it wisely. My game suits the grass and good service is important.”
Li, who had defeated the Germans in their only previous encounter in straight sets on clay in Stuttgart this year, had given the first set with a break in the eighth game.
But Lisicki, who won the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Birmingham, hit back in the second with a break for a 3-1 lead before turning the lead in the ninth.
There is no denying, however, and leveled the match in game 10.
Li was back in office with a break for a 3-2 lead in the final set before a thrilling final.
At 3-5 down, Lisicki unleashed two match points serving at 122 mph and 123 mph to save your aces followed by 14 and 15 to take the game and cut the deficit to 4-5.
Broke Lisicki 5-5, Li returned to break a 6-5 lead before the German blond hunk refused to give in and recovered the break for 6-6. She confidently 7-6, carved out three match points in game 14. Li saved two, but broken in the third when he sent a cross-unit wide.
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