For the second time this year, Sabine Lisicki won the last tune-up tournament before a Grand Slam.
Lisicki won the Texas Tennis Open this weekend after defeating Aravane Rezai 6-2, 6-1 in the final for her third career WTA title. Some quick facts about Lisicki:
Lisicki wins her third WTA singles title, after Charleston in 2009 (green clay) and Birmingham (grass) in June this year. The 21-year-old German improves to 3-2 in WTA singles finals, after runner-up finishes at Tashkent in 2008 and Luxembourg in 2009. Dallas marks her first hard court title.
Lisicki dropped just 13 games en route to the title. This is the fewest games conceded by a tournament winner since 2005, when Venus Williams dropped 12 games at Istanbul (with 1r bye) and Anna Smashnova conceded 12 games at Budapest. All three of Lisicki's titles have been won with losing a set.
Lisicki finished 2010 ranked No.179 in the world, after missing five months with an ankle injury. She was ranked as low as No.218 in March this year. Earlier this month she established a new career high of No.21.