Lisicki's aims to reach Graf's acclaim
Below is an article from a German newspaper (posted by MartinUla on a different thread, link/source not yet posted) which strongly suggests that Sabine Lisicki has expects to rival the success of her countrymate Steffi Graf.
Please note that some of the article is garbled due to being a slightly cleaned up auto-translation from Google translate. But the gist is clear.
I'm not sure she has the same native talents as Graf, but perhaps. Anyway, do you see her as having the potential to reach Graf's prowess?
Sabine Lisicki, with her massive playing recalls the Grande Dame of the tennis world. As such, the 19-year-olds from Berlin has had her career mapped out by the father.
Better than in their dress could quietschgelben Sabine Lisicki hardly have proof to feel the right moment . Until last week, the season of the young German tennis player was so mixed that she was ranked 49 on last October 14, a hinabgerauscht position.
But next weekend is the first match of the year. In Frankfurt, Germany's best tennis women meet in Fed Cup vs. China. It is about the rise to the World Group 1st. Although Lisicki, in February 2008 played in California against the U.S. in her Fed Cup debut, it is set anyway. But it adds to both for her self-confidence as well as for advertising she is quite happy that they are going to be in the week before the game again right shows what it can: Last year, Lisicki though the famous Lindsay Davenport in Fed Cup with her victory baffled, won a match in Charleston, South Carolina with a score 6:4, 7:6 against her country woman Venus Williams, who after all was a five-time Wimbledon winner and fifth in the world. "That was really cool, but the victory against Venus is worth more," enthused Lisicki. "I sometimes got a bit too risky, but it's my game."
Sabine Lisicki, 19, personifies a project. Her performances are following according to the design of a master such as her father and coach Richard as well as the marketing agency IMG. The objective: The steady rise to the top. Last fall, she reached her first pro final in Tashkent. She lost. She played with today in the semifinals of Charleston after the 6:4, 6:0 on the Russian Yelena Wesnina against Marion Bartoli (France) to a re-finals participation.
Since the early verbal blonde all intermediate stations immodest to skip the habit ( "I want to look at the number 1"), registered the German Republic Lisicki is just skeptical as the next would-be-Steffi Graf. Meanwhile there is increasing confidence that the big flap of a really great career could follow: "Although targeting the number 1 is very, very ambitious," warns the Sports Director of the German Tennis Federation, Klaus Eberhard, he is optimistic about Lisicki’s combination of strength, hardness, shock winners and agreeable psyche. "Sabine stand out from the crowd and has no fear of big names." And federal trainer Barbara Rittner recognizes Lisicki’s similarities to the Icon: "Sabine is just as respondent as Steffi was to impose her game and she plays with the same force as Steffi."
Sabine Lisicki's career follows a new trend, only the nationality of the right sides. After the rising tower of young Russian women, there is just the next country of the former Eastern bloc's post-socialist generation in position: blond women of Polish origin, driven by the ambition of the fathers and trained by them.
Only Agnieszka Radwanska, 20, number 11 in the world, is still committed to the country of her roots. She started her tennis career at age four years, as her father Robert was a professional in the Münsterland Gronau playing tennis and took over her training. Caroline Wozniacki, 18, at position 12 has moved dramatically upwards, occurring as a Danish citizen, because of her Father Piotr who was a Polish professional football in Odense. He has taught his daughter, born in 1990, tennis since she was seven.
Sabine Lisicki's parents who are academics left Poland 30 years ago. "As a historian, I had to be subordinate to either the system or emigrate," complains Richard Lisicki. After years of hard work without any major sponsors for travel expenses for his daughter einsammelte, he sets great store on this new identity: "A part of my family was of German descent as I got the nationality Spätaussiedler. Sabine is German, not only because of her birth here. "
Lisicki with his wife Elizabeth, an artist, once settled in Bonn, took a job as a tennis coach in Reichshof (corner Bergisches Hagen in the country) and studied at the German Sports University in Cologne. His daughter is a testament to the success of his professional activity. For Sabine, the Lisickis moved six years ago to a 70-square-meter three-room apartment in Berlin, because they found that nowhere else as good a profissportlichen education for their daughter in Germany, to connect to the former GDR's elite boarding school in the district of Hohenschönhausen. While she left the school after the tenth grade, pile up at home now over their cups.
Is it after the father Lisicki, so success depends on Sabine’s storm to the top of the rankings mainly depends on the assumptions in his doctorate submitted in in Wroclaw obediently worked in practice "training methods for the development of the shock speed while retaining the precision strike". The professional world is amazed, as the lessons from the father’s tennis practice: "It has very, very hard blows and has a very good meeting," says Eberhard Mann association, " and also the first serve is strong."
To improve her first-class tennis training Lisicki spent time with his daughter for five years at the Academy of Star coach Nick Bollettieri in Florida. From the owner and its marketers IMG, Lisicki saved the annual cost of about $40,000. With her managers, Lisicki also designs the tournament schedule of his daughter: "It was important that Sabine won 60 percent of her games," says IMG Olivier van Lindonk, if "they are failing to play in a lower category of the tournament."
However, the amortized cost of the entire family is sluggish: More than a club and a clothing outfitter, Lisickis ascent has been lured. The $326,340(US) in prize money in three professional years had largely excused the cost. "Money is only in second place," says the father, "but as we have raised the whole thing, it would be great if Sabine would earn a lot more."