First "express shopping" in london, then to the royal ascot and finally in a rush to the third round of her favorite tournament: sabine lisicki is in top form in time for wimbledon. Liscki defeated russia’s jelena wesnina 6:3, 6:1 in just 61 minutes on thursday.
Tommy haas and angelique kerber, on the other hand, were stopped by the famous english rain. Instead of playing for the longed-for third-round berth, germany’s top two tennis pros had to wait for hours before being postponed until the next day. Due to the rain the matches of kerber against estonian kaia kanepi and of haas against jimmy wang from taiwan were postponed to friday. Jan-lennard struff’s match against frenchman jeremy chardy was stopped at 2:6, 7:5, 2:1 for the 23-year-old from warstein and will also be continued on friday. Then dustin brown will also be competing against the frenchman adrian mannarino for a place in the round of the best 16.
The only match to be played on thursday evening was that of world number one novak djokovic. The 26 year old serb won under the closed roof of the center court against the american bobby reynolds 7:6 (7:2), 6:3, 6:1.
23-year-old lisicki now takes on former US open winner samantha stosur from australia. The berlin native aims to reach the round of 16 for the fourth time in her career. "I really enjoyed the place. I just feel comfortable here and I love this tournament," she said after the match against vesnina. The russian had recently played strongly on grass and won the preparatory tournament in eastbourne. The 26-year-old moved up to no. 22 in the world rankings – and is now even two places ahead of the german fed cup player.
But in the first match of the day, lisicki gave her opponent no chance from the start, dictating the action on court 2 and taking her second match point to win the match. The 2011 semi-finalist and two-time quarter-finalist was asked after the demonstration if there was a secret to her always being at her best at the height of the tennis season.
"A certain looseness" is what she has prescribed for herself, lisicki said, emphasizing: "it’s a fine line to be relaxed off the court as well."That’s why she accepted the invitation to the horse race in ascot, berkshire, for the first time this year. "I went express shopping on monday and bought myself another hat," said the dazzling lisicki about her activities in the week before wimbledon.
Now she faces another difficult opponent in stosur. "Not an easy match, but i’m looking forward to it. I’m going in there with confidence," she said – even though the record of 1:4 speaks against her. That titleholder serena williams was waiting in the eighth finals, female lisicki. "But i must not look too far ahead," she said. But it’s the rough matches against the really rough ones in the industry that lisicki loves so much.
For annika beck, mona barthel and daniel brands, on the other hand, their appearances on church road are over for this year. Barthel lost to madison keys of the u.S. 4-6, 2-6. Beck was beaten 6:7 (5:7), 3:6 by the czech player klara zakopalova. Brands lost to the czech tomas berdych 6:7 (6:8), 4:6, 2:6.
Lisicki’s potential eighth-final opponent williams had no time to spare. The 31-year-old american beat france’s caroline garcia 6-3, 6-2 and will now play japan’s kimiko date-krum. The 42-year-old won against alexandra cadantu from romania 6:4, 7:5 and is the oldest player in the history of professional tennis since 1968 to reach the third round at wimbledon.
And there was another record to report: the withdrawals of french players paul-henri mathieu and michael llodra increased the number of cancellations or withdrawals due to injury in round two to nine – more than ever before in a wimbledon round.