BRADENTON, FL--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy/IMG Academy student Sabine Lisicki this past weekend won her first WTA tournament, becoming the lowest-ranked player ever to win the 36-year-old Family Circle Cup.
The 19-year-old Lisicki, who entered the tournament ranked No. 63 worldwide, defeated then No. 12-ranked Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 Sunday in Charleston, SC. Lisicki also beat No. 5-ranked Venus Williams, No. 57-ranked Elena Vesnina and No. 13-ranked Marion Bartoli in the tournament.
"I've worked so hard over the last couple of weeks and months," said Lisicki, "and it's finally paying off. I knew I had the game to beat those players, and now I think I'm mature enough to win whole tournaments."
The German-born Lisicki joins a list of Family Circle Cup winners that includes Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and many others. The win catapults her to No. 43 in the world rankings.
"After all of the hard work and dedication that Sabine's put in during her four years here at The Academy," said Bollettieri, "she is very deserving to get a tournament title. She is an example that hard work and dedication does pay off. I have no doubts that she'll continue to improve and show that she can win again and again."
Lisicki has spent her time at the NBTA with her father/coach, Richard, refining her game with Bollettieri and working with some of the top trainers in the world from the Athletic & Personal Development program.
"Sabine is a classic example of following the process at IMG Academy and the Athletic & Personal Development program," said Trevor Moawad, Director of IPI. "She has taken complete ownership of her mental, physical, nutritional and recovery elements. Sabine has all of the tools, and she continues to do all of the little things to get better."
About IMG Academy
IMG Academy, a division of IMG, is the world's largest and most successful multi-sport, training and education academy and camp business. Spread out over 300 acres in Bradenton, Florida, the IMG Academy complex encompasses the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, the IMG Academy baseball program, Basketball, Soccer and Swimming Academies, Athletic & Personal Development program, The IMG Academy School, University of Miami and an array of amenities aimed at building champions in sport and life. For more information, visit www.imgacademy.com.