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TeamUla
Apr 19th, 2009, 09:17 AM
Sabine Lisicki erinnert mit ihrer wuchtigen Spielweise an die Grande Dame der Tenniswelt. Und auch bei der 19-Jährigen aus Berlin wird die Karriere vom Vater vorgezeichnet

Besser als in ihrem quietschgelben Kleid konnte Sabine Lisicki ihr Gespür für den rechten Augenblick kaum unter Beweis stellen. Bis zur vergangenen Woche nämlich lief die Saison der jungen deutschen Tennisspielerin so durchwachsen, dass sie vom Ranglistenplatz 49 im vorigen Oktober wieder 14 Positionen hinabgerauscht war.

Doch am kommenden Wochenende steht nun das erste Länderspiel des Jahres an. In Frankfurt treffen Deutschlands beste Tennisfrauen im Fedcup auf China. Es geht um den Aufstieg in die Weltgruppe 1. Zwar war Lisicki, die im Februar 2008 in Kalifornien gegen die USA im Fedcup debütierte, ohnehin gesetzt. Doch fügt es sich sowohl für das eigene Selbstvertrauen als auch für die Werbung recht glücklich, dass sie ausgerechnet in der Woche vor der Partie noch mal richtig zeigt, was sie kann: Lisicki, die voriges Jahr gleich die berühmte Lindsay Davenport im Fedcup mit ihrem Sieg verblüffte, gewann beim Turnier in Charleston/South Carolina im Achtelfinale 6:4, 7:6 gegen deren Landsfrau Venus Williams, immerhin Weltranglistenfünfte und Wimbledonsiegerin. "Das war damals echt cool, aber der Sieg gegen Venus ist mehr wert", schwärmte Lisicki. "Ich habe manchmal ein bisschen viel riskiert, aber das ist halt mein Spiel."

Sabine Lisicki, 19, personifiziert ein Projekt. Ihre Auftritte richten sich nach einem akkuraten Masterplan, den Vater und Trainer Richard mit der Vermarktungsagentur IMG entworfen hat. Zielsetzung: steter Aufstieg in die Spitze. Im vorigen Herbst erreichte sie ihr erstes Profifinale in Taschkent. Sie verlor. In der Nacht zu heute spielte sie im Halbfinale von Charleston nach dem 6:4, 6:0 über die Russin Jelena Wesnina gegen Marion Bartoli (Frankreich) um eine erneute Endspielteilnahme.

Da die Blondine früh verbal sämtliche Zwischenstationen unbescheiden zu überspringen pflegte ("Ich will mal die Nummer 1 werden"), registrierte die Republik Lisicki nur skeptisch als nächste Möchte-gern-Steffi-Graf. Inzwischen wächst das Vertrauen, dass der großen Klappe tatsächlich die große Karriere folgen könnte: "Zwar ist das Ziel Nummer 1 sehr, sehr ambitioniert", warnt der Sportdirektor des Deutschen Tennisbundes, Klaus Eberhard; aber Lisickis Kombination aus Spielstärke, Schlaghärte und Siegerpsyche stimme optimistisch: "Sabine hebt sich ab von der Masse und hat keine Angst vor großen Namen." Und Bundestrainerin Barbara Rittner erkennt bei Lisicki sogar Ähnlichkeiten zur Ikone Graf: "Sabine kann genau wie damals Steffi einer Gegnerin ihr Spiel aufzwingen, und sie spielt mit der gleichen Wucht wie Steffi."

Sabine Lisickis Karriere folgt einem neuen Trend, den allein das Staatsangehörigkeitenrecht kaschiert. Nach dem Gipfelsturm junger Russinnen, bringt gerade das nächste Land des ehemaligen Ostblocks seine postsozialistische Generation in Stellung: blonde Frauen polnischer Abstammung, vom Ehrgeiz der Väter angetrieben, von ihnen ausgebildet.

Nur Agnieszka Radwanska, 20, Nummer 11 der Welt, bekennt sich noch im Pass zu ihren Wurzeln. Sie startete mit vier Jahren die Tenniskarriere, als Vater Robert als Profi im münsterländischen Gronau Tennis spielte und ihr Training übernahm. Caroline Wozniacki, 18, auf Position 12 empor geschnellt, tritt offiziell als Dänin an, weil Vater Piotr als polnischer Fußballprofi in Odense hängen blieb. Er unterrichtet seine 1990 geborene Tochter im Tennis, seit sie sieben wurde.

Sabine Lisickis Eltern verließen vor 30 Jahren als Akademiker Polen. "Als Historiker musste man sich entweder dem System unterordnen oder auswandern", klagt Richard Lisicki. Nachdem er jahrelang in mühevoller Kleinarbeit ohne große Sponsoren Reisekosten für seine Tochter einsammelte ("Ich weiß, was Klinkenputzen ist"), legt er großen Wert auf die neue Identität: "Ein Teil meiner Familie war deutscher Abstammung, ich bekam die Staatsangehörigkeit als Spätaussiedler. Sabine ist Deutsche - nicht nur wegen der Geburt hier."

Lisicki ließ sich mit seiner Frau Elisabeth, einer Künstlerin, einst in Bonn nieder, jobbte als Tennistrainer in Reichshof-Eckenhagen im Bergischen Land und studierte an der Deutschen Sporthochschule in Köln. Seiner Tochter obliegt es seither, den Erfolg seiner beruflichen Betätigung zu dokumentieren. Für Sabine nämlich zogen die Lisickis vor sechs Jahren in eine 70 Quadratmeter große Drei-Zimmer-Wohnung nach Berlin, weil sie fanden, dass sich nirgends in Deutschland die schulische Ausbildung der Tochter mit der profisportlichen so gut vernetzen ließe wie am ehemaligen DDR-Elite-Internat im Stadtteil Hohenschönhausen: Während sie sich aber vom Gymnasium nach der zehnten Klasse beurlauben ließ, stapeln sich zu Hause inzwischen überall ihre Pokale.

Geht es nach Vater Lisicki, so hängt Sabines Erfolg im Sturm an die Ranglistenspitze vor allem davon ab, dass sie die Thesen seiner in Breslau eingereichten Promotion folgsam in der Praxis abarbeitet: "Trainingsmethoden für die Entwicklung der Schlaggeschwindigkeit unter Beibehaltung der Schlagpräzision". Die Fachwelt staunt, wie sie die väterlichen Lektionen vom Bum-Bum-Tennis umsetzt: "Sie verfügt über sehr, sehr harte Schläge und hat einen sehr guten Treffpunkt", lobt Verbandsmann Eberhard, "auch der erste Aufschlag ist stark."

Um ihr Powertennis erstklassiger Prägung ganz unmittelbar einbimsen zu können, verbringt Lisicki mit seiner Tochter seit fünf Jahren sehr viel Zeit in der Akademie von Startrainer Nick Bollettieri in Florida. Da deren Eigentümer IMG auch ihr Vermarkter ist, spart Lisicki die jährlichen Kosten von etwa 40 000 Dollar. Mit den Managern entwirft Lisicki auch den Turnierplan seiner Tochter: "Wichtig ist, dass Sabine 60 Prozent ihrer Spiele gewinnt", sagt IMG-Mann Olivier van Lindonk, "notfalls spielt sie dafür in einer niedrigeren Turnierkategorie."

Doch amortisiert sich der ganze Aufwand der Familie nur schleppend: Mehr als einen Schläger- und einen Bekleidungsausrüster hat Lisickis Aufstieg bisher nicht geködert. Die 326 340 Dollar Preisgeld in drei Profijahren mussten weitgehend zur Kostendeckung herhalten. "Geld steht nur an zweiter Stelle", sagt der Vater, "aber so wie wir das Ganze aufgezogen haben, wäre es toll, wenn Sabine mal viel verdienen würde."

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Please, could you translate this article? Seems to be interesting but not everyone knows german. :)

Thanks in advance!

Mashabator
Apr 19th, 2009, 09:26 AM
Sabine Lisicki, with its massive recalls playing at the Grande Dame of the tennis world. And even with the 19-year-olds from Berlin's career is mapped out by the father

Better than in their dress could quietschgelben Sabine Lisicki their feel for the right moment hardly proof. Until last week that ended the season of young German tennis player so mixed that they rank from 49 in last October 14 was hinabgerauscht positions.

But next weekend is now the first match of the year. In Frankfurt, Germany's best tennis meet women in Fedcup to China. It is about the rise in the World Group 1st Although Lisicki, in February 2008 in California against the U.S. in Fedcup debut, set anyway. But it adds to both for their own self-confidence as well as for advertising quite happy that they are going to be in the week before the game again right shows what it can: Lisicki, the last year, though the famous Lindsay Davenport in Fedcup with her victory baffled, won the tournament in Charleston, South Carolina in the Round of 6:4, 7:6 against their country woman Venus Williams, after all, and Fifth World Wimbledonsiegerin. "That was really cool, but the victory against Venus is worth more," enthused Lisicki. "I sometimes get a bit more risk, but it's my game."

Sabine Lisicki, 19, personifies a project. Their performances are accurate according to a master, the father and coach Richard to the marketing agency IMG has designed. Objective: The steady rise in the tip. Last fall, she reached her first pro final in Tashkent. She lost. In the night they 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 Republic Lisicki just skeptical as the next would-be-Steffi Graf. Meanwhile there is increasing confidence that the big flap really great career could follow: "Although the target number 1 very, very ambitious," warns the Sports Director of the German Tennis Federation, Klaus Eberhard; but Lisickis combination of strength, impact toughness and winning psyche agree optimistic "Sabine stand out from the crowd and has no fear of big names." And federal trainer Barbara Rittner Lisicki even recognize similarities to Icon Count: "Sabine is just as Steffi was a respondent to impose their game and she plays with the same force as Steffi."

Sabine Lisickis career follows a new trend, only the nationality of the right sides. After the summit tower of young Russian women, is just the next country of the former Eastern bloc's post-socialist generation in position: blond women of Polish origin, from the ambition of the fathers driven, trained by them.

Only Agnieszka Radwanska, 20, number 11 in the world, is still committed to the passport to their roots. They started with four years of tennis career, as Robert's father as a professional in the Münsterland Gronau played tennis and took over their training. Caroline Wozniacki, 18, at position 12 dramatically upwards, occurs as a Danish official, because as Father Piotr Polish professional football in Odense stuck. He teaches his daughter, born 1990 in tennis, since seven was.

Sabine Lisickis parents left 30 years ago as an academic Poland. "As a historian, had to be subordinate to either the system or emigrate," complains Richard Lisicki. After his years in hard work without any major sponsors travel expenses for his daughter einsammelte ( "I know what Jack is grooming"), he sets great store by the new identity: "A part of my family was of German descent, I got the nationality Spätaussiedler. Sabine is German - not only because of their birth here. "

Lisicki was with his wife Elizabeth, an artist, once settled in Bonn, jobbte as a tennis coach in Reichshof corner Bergisches Hagen in the country and studied at the German Sports University in Cologne. His daughter, it is incumbent upon since the success of his professional activity to be documented. For Sabine namely the Lisickis moved six years ago in a 70-square-meter three-room apartment in Berlin, because it found that nowhere in Germany, the education of the daughter with the profisportlichen as good as could connect the former GDR's elite boarding school in the district Hohenschönhausen: While they are but by the school after the tenth grade leave him, pile up at home now over their cups.

Is it after the father Lisicki, so success depends Sabines in the storm to the top rankings mainly depends on the assumptions that his doctorate in Wroclaw submitted 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 his father Bum-Bum-tennis practice: "It has very, very hard blows and has a very good meeting," says Eberhard Mann association, "also the first serve is strong."

To power its first-class tennis lettering directly einbimsen can Lisicki spends with his daughter for five years a lot of time in the Academy of Star coach Nick Bollettieri in Florida. As its owner and its marketers IMG is Lisicki save the annual cost of about 40 000 dollars. With the managers Lisicki also designs the tournament schedule of his daughter: "It is important that Sabine 60 percent of their games won," says IMG husband Olivier van Lindonk, "they are failing to play in a lower category of the tournament."

However, the amortized cost of the entire family sluggish: More than a club and a clothing outfitter Lisickis ascent has been lured. The 326 340 U.S. dollars prize money in three professional years had largely cost excuse. "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 of times."

Mashabator
Apr 19th, 2009, 09:27 AM
some of the words might be a bit off, sorry :)

Ballbasher
Apr 19th, 2009, 09:31 AM
You should get what the article says with translation ;)

TeamUla
Apr 19th, 2009, 09:34 AM
Thanks a lot! :)

bobbynorwich
Apr 19th, 2009, 10:21 AM
Here is a slightly cleaned up Google auto-translation of that article. Some of it makes little sense as translated, but the gist is there.

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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 positions.

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 Lisickis 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 dollars. 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 in U.S. dollars 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."

bobbynorwich
Apr 19th, 2009, 12:01 PM
MartinUla, would you provide the source of this article, to quote it in another thread? Thanks.

AnomyBC
Apr 19th, 2009, 04:01 PM
This article doesn't make any sense :lol:

ahyen
Apr 19th, 2009, 04:11 PM
http://www.welt.de/wams_print/article3581257/Ein-bisschen-Steffi-Graf.html here's the source of the article

bobbynorwich
Apr 20th, 2009, 12:30 PM
This article doesn't make any sense :lol:

Google auto-translate often doesn't correct for order of words, such as verbs at end of sentence in German but not in English. Makes it hard to understand sometimes, but usually can get the gist.