German world No.100 Sabine Lisicki defeated Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova in a rain-delayed final of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham and collected her second WTA title.
En route to the Birmingham trophy, the unseeded Lisicki defeated Kimiko Date-Krumm (62) in the first round, Kirsten Flipkens (111) in the second, Tamira Paszek (80) in the third, Magdalena Rybarikova (69) in the quarters, Peng Shuai (20) in the semis and finally Daniela Hantuchova (28). As you can see, only one Lisicki’s opponent was ranked lower than her. However, it is not really surprising that Lisicki managed to defeat them, as she was ranked No.22 in 2009, prior to her health problems.
In today’s final against Hantuchova, Lisicki hit eight aces to Hantuchova’s single ace, and allowed Hantuchova only one break point opportunity which the Slovak didn’t convert. Final score: 6-3 6-2.
It’s a very nice introduction to the grass-court season to Lisicki, whose only Grand Slam quarterfinal was at Wimbledon 2009. Her following season was marred by a left ankle injury – she skipped Wimbledon, as well as many other events, including her title defense at Charleston. This year Lisicki has received a wildcard into the main draw of Wimbledon.