Lisicki certainly had a grand time against Sharapova, smiling all the while.
She used flat, powerful ground-strokes to neutralize Sharapova from the baseline. She also served bigger than Sharapova, reaching 190kph and collecting six aces. A second-serve winner at 188kph earned Lisicki’s third match point, which she converted with a second-serve ace at 174kph, then dropped to her knees and shook her fists, while Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki cheered from her guest box.
“That’s my game, to serve well and be aggressive. That’s what I did. I think it worked well,” Lisicki said.
Lisicki missed seven months in 2010 because of a left-ankle injury — she has described what she went through as having “to learn how to walk again” — and dropped out of the top 200. After twisting that ankle in April, Lisicki withdrew from two tournaments and then lost her opening matches at four consecutive events, including the French Open, but she has clearly taken a liking to the All England Lawn Tennis Club, having reached the semis last year, when she lost to Sharapova.
Despite their history, Sharapova referred to Lisicki as “the girl I played today,” rather than by name.
Additional reporting by staff writer