Sabine Lisicki says it has always been an honor to play against Serena Williams as she drew inspiration from Williams and Andy Murray after suffering a major knee injury in 2020. In the November of 2020, Lisicki fell awkwardly during a doubles match and tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee.
After being out for a year and a half, Lisicki returned to action this past May. Lisicki has played Williams four times and her lone win over the American came at 2013 Wimbledon. "There are many of the still active players who serve as inspiration.
For example, it was always an honour for me to be on the court with Serena. I loved playing against her. You always had to unpack your very best tennis to have a chance. And then I'm also impressed by Andy Murray's story," Lisicki told SPOX, per Sportskeeda.
Lisicki: I just wanted to be able to walk normally again
After the surgery, Lisicki couldn't lift her leg for four weeks. At that time, Lisicki's only wish was to be able to walk normally again. "I couldn't lift my operated leg for four weeks," Lisicki recalled.
"If you suddenly lose control of your leg, you get scared. A few days ago, you were sprinting around, and suddenly you can't move your leg - that was the worst moment. At that moment, tennis was so far away. I just wanted to be able to walk normally again."
Lisicki, who will turn 33 in September, said she believed she would eventually return to the Tour. "I never had any doubts. I always knew it would only be a matter of time. But that doesn't mean there weren't hard moments.
I'm a person who doesn't really have much patience - that was one of the biggest challenges for me." Last month in Bad Homburg, Lisicki clinched her best result since returning. In Bad Homburg, Lisicki reached the quarterfinal before losing to Caroline Garcia.