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Sabine Lisicki has moved quickly to try and put a controversial exit in the WTA AEGON Classic behind her.
Sabine Lisicki has moved quickly to try and put a controversial exit in the WTA AEGON Classic behind her and insists that she is still capable of winning Wimbledon later this month.
Lisicki was seeded fifth in Birmingham but suffered a surprise 7-6
(7-2) 2-6 6-4 defeat to American qualifier Alison Riske in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
That does not tell the whole story as Lisicki felt she should have been given a point when Riske shouted out ‘come on’ during a rally when the ball was still in play in what turned out to be the final game.
Both the umpire and the tournament referee failed to see it the German’s way and Riske went on to win the game and the match, knocking Lisicki out in the process.
Lisicki, who believes she was ‘right’ to challenge the award of the point, is keen to move on and insists that her defeat in Birmingham in no way affects her chances of success in the year’s third Grand Slam event, which gets underway on June 24.
“I believe I’m good enough to win it,” she insisted. “My serve is as good as Serena’s. And although she is the clear favourite, anything can happen there.”
Lisicki has some previous at SW19 having reached the semi-finals in
2011 before beating Maria Sharapova en route to the quarter-finals last year.