For the previous Grand Slam I didn't include Li Na in my poll and she won the title, and now that I included her she lost in the second round! I know, she didn't lose to just anyone, she lost to Sabine Lisicki who won the Birmingham title on grass in the lead-up to Wimbledon, but still, my polls has been ruined too soon.
Anyway, the world No.62 Lisicki, a wildcard at the tournament, lost the first set, battled back to win the second and saved two match points in the decider when serving at 3-5 15-40. The German fired two service winners to bring the game to deuce and managed to hold serve with two aces. After a series of breaks Lisicki held for 7-6 and then broke the fourth-ranked Li to win the match 3-6 6-4 8-6.
The 8-0 win-loss record this grass season must be very rewarding to Lisicki, whose 2010 was marred by left ankle injury.
It has been such a long and hard road to come back from my injury. I had to start from zero. It was terrible. I literally had no muscles in my left calf after seven weeks on crutches. I had to learn how to walk again. I was heartbroken not to be here last year. It was a very, very long road back – but that makes these moments right now sweeter.
Lisicki’s opponent in the third round will be Misaki Doi, who is having a greatly successful tournament. The 133rd-ranked Japanese upset seed No.30 Bethanie Mattek Sands in the first round and then the 2008 Wimbledon semifinalist Zheng Jie in the second. (source: WTA Tour, photos: Ralf Reinecke, © Neal Trousdale)