It was a turbulent week for Sabine Lisicki but it still culminated in her first tite victory in over three years on the tour. The German No. 2 managed to work her way past Karolina Pliskova in the final to secure the Hong Kong title for the first time in her career.
After twice needing to work her way out of tight spots in the third set over this week, Lisicki took command of the final against Pliskova, even though her opponent stormed to a 5-1 lead in the start of the match. The lead would not last as Lisicki rebounded with six straight games to snatch the set 7-5, before winning the second set 6-3.
“Never. For me, never,” Lisicki responded. “I always fight for every single point no matter what the score is. That’s won me a lot of matches in the past, and that’s how I won this match, as well.”
This marks Lisicki’s fourth career WTA title and her first since Dallas in 2011. Since then, she has reached three finals, including the Wimbledon Championships in 2013, yet has been unsuccessful in each of those attempts.
“After being in three finals last year and losing them closely, this is a big step forward for me,” Lisicki said. “I’ve won titles in doubles but obviously the main goal is to play well in singles and get these trophies. And I’m even happier because coming here was such a spontaneous decision – we literally decided three or four days before the tournament – and I felt very well all week in Hong Kong.”
This is undoubtedly the best form that Liscki has been in all year, as she has now won 15 of 20 matches since arriving at SW19 this year. She also won the Guniess World Record for the fastest serve in WTA history (131mph).
While Pliskova did not win the singles title, she managed to secure the doubles title with her twin sister Kristyna Pliskova. They are officially the only twin duo in WTA history to win a title.