Re: Sabine's ranking breakdown
I'm not exaggerating here, but I think Sabine is facing a potential crossroads in her career!
She's not an up and coming player anymore, she's an established figure and expectations are high. I know the Lisicki family made huge changes to their lives when Sabine joined Bollettieri, but she needs to make fresh changes in order to take her to the next level. I think she needs her dad, so I'm not suggesting a new coach, but I sometimes wonder if leaving IMG in Bradenton could be a good move. Now Bollettieri is virtually retired, does anyone actually know what IMG does for Sabine?
She needs to look at Azarenka and ask herself, what improvements has Victoria made to her game, training regime, fitness routines, mental toughness etc over the past 18 months, and what can I do to improve myself in the same way
I think Sabine loves the all the rewards commercially from various sponsorship deals. I also think she loves being a figure of desire, and men drooling over their laptops at her, but I question whether she's focused enough on her tennis.
A prime example of when I questioned her decision making, was when she'd left the French Open after a disappointing early exit. She then posted a message on Twitter that she had fun and wish she could have gone further. That's not the attitude of a top 10 player IMO. She then has points to defend at Birmingham, but the day before Birmingham started she was back at Roland Garros, in the freezing cold playing a meaningless exhibition with Steffi Graf. 2 days later, she's losing 280 ranking points at Birmingham with another 1st round exit
She's such a compelling player and character, you can't help but love her, but this doesn't mean we can't question the paths she's currently taking