Following a day of turbulent weather in Hong Kong, Sabine Lisicki is through to the semi-finals of the tournament, where she will meet Italy’s Francesca Schiavone or the third time on the professional tour. Having split their previous two meetins over the past five years, this will serve as the rubber match between the two competitors.
German No. 2 Sabine Lisicki withstood torrential rainfall in Hong Kong to defeat Zheng Saisai 6-4, 6-3 to reach the semi-final round of the tournament. Lisicki did not seem too concerned with the weather and breezed through her encounter.
“It was difficult, because we were waiting for six hours and then we were on and off, on and off the whole time,” Lisicki said. “But I think it was still pretty good. I missed a few here and there and let her back into the game, but in the end I finished it off.”
The German will next face Italy’s Francesca Schiavone, picked up a surprising upset win over Jana Cepelova, 6-2, 6-2. Considering Schiavone once won seven consecutive games against Lisicki, the German is aware of how tough an opponent she can be.
“She’s a tough opponent, you have to play out the point very well and you have to be patient,” Lisicki said when asked about Schiavone. “I actually practiced with her at the beginning of the week, before the tournament, so I’m looking forward to the match.”
This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with the series tied at 1-1. Lisiciki won their most recent encounter during her campaign to the Wimbledon finals in 2013, yet Schiavone won their only hard court match-up in 2009.
Prediction: Sabine Lisicki in Three Sets