Lisicki stays alive again, rallies into Taipei City semifinals

February 2 2018 by Matteo Grigatti Print This Article

In her first tournament since her return from offseason knee surgery, former World No.12 Sabine Lisicki rallied into the semifinals at the Taiwan Open on Friday with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Monica Niculescu.

The German, now ranked World No.246, returned to tennis last June following a lengthy layoff due to a shoulder injury, but the former Wimbledon finalist revealed in January that she had would have a delayed start to her 2018 season after dealing with a knee injury following her run to the quarterfinals at the WTA 125K series event in Limoges last November.

In her first semifinal since the Aegon Classic in Birmingham in 2015, Lisicki was down, but never out, as she came from a double break behind in the second set, and won the last three games of the match.

In the last four, Lisicki will face Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova, who upset No.5 seed Yulia Putintseva in the day's first quarterfinal, 7-5, 6-3.

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Ex giocatore ed appassionato di tennis, lega la sua esperienza nel settore in particolar modo a Fabio Fognini, di cui ne dirige, dal 2007 al 2013, il sito web ufficiale. Porta poi avanti il progetto nel ruolo di vice-direttore del sito stesso, affiancandone la cura dell'immagine in ambito Social Network. Nel frattempo si dedica alla collaborazione con alcune riviste online specializzate quali Tennis.it e la sua edizione cartacea Tennis Oggi. Dal maggio 2014 entra a far parte del team Crionet.