Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy student Sabine Lisicki won her first WTA Tournament over the weekend at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. Lisicki defeated the world's 11th ranked player, Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 6-4 in the finals to cpature the title. Lisicki, who is 19-years old, came into the tournament ranked #63 in the world and with the win she became the lowest ranked player ever to win the Family Circle Cup. Previously, the lowest-ranked winner was Iva Majoli who won it back in 2002 ranked #58.
The tournament was a major breakthrough for Sabine as she not only defeated Wozniacki in the finals, she also took down Venus Williams and former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli en route. Having won the title, Sabine jumped 20 spots in the rankings up to #43 in the world, which is the highest of her career.
"I really couldn't believe I won, because I didn't use my first match points. When I finally won - I don't know which match point it was, seventh, eighth, it felt like 30th - I was so happy," Lisicki said.
"I've worked so hard the last couple of weeks and months, and it's finally paying off," she added. "I knew I had the game to beat those players, and now I think I'm more mature to win the whole tournament.
Sabine has also worked hard on the physical and mental conditioning portion of her game.
"Sabine is a classic example of following the process at The Academy and IPI," said IMG Academy Athletic & Personal Development programsDirector Trevor Moawad. "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 to get better."
We are so proud and thrilled for Sabine. She has been training at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy for the last four years with her father (who is her coach) and she also works closely with Nick. Congratulations to Sabine and we wish her the best of luck at her next tournament.
Here is some video of the last game and Sabine's reaction after the match ended: