It wasn’t so long ago – but feels so very long ago – that Germany’s Sabine Lisicki reached the Wimbledon women’s singles final.
It was 2013, Lisicki was 23, and it came in the middle of a run of five straight appearances at the All-England club in which she made the quarterfinals or better.
But Lisicki hasn’t even made a grand Slam main draw since the 2017 US Open. And her comeback from a host of challenges, which has come in fits and starts, suffered another setback in Linz.
A wild card into the singles qualifying and the doubles, Lisicki suffered a knee injury that forced her and Jodie Burrage to retire in their first-round match.
Wednesday, the 31-year-old announced that she had torn her ACL and has already had surgery on it.
Linz was Lisicki’s first WTA-level event since the 2019 grass-court season. And it was only her second tournament since then; she reached the fourth round of a 128-draw WTA 125K on clay in Prague, at the beginning of the return to play in August.
Her current, true ranking is No. 690.
The German had a shoulder injury in 2017, had knee surgery and a foot injury that scuttled 2018 (the left knee was an ongoing issue). And then she suffered with mononucleosis last year. Feels like it never ends.
The surgery was to the same left knee.
It’s truly impressive that Lisicki can keep smiling through all this.
As she puts it in her Twitter bio: “Falling down eight times, getting up nine!!