In an interview as quoted by Wimbledon.com, Sabine Lisicki commented on Juan Martin del Potro undergoing knee surgery. The German player, who suffered many physical issues over the years too, said: "I wrote with DelPo before the match actually.
It’s our path, we were saying. I was so sad, I didn’t know what happened, I saw the picture online that he had surgery. I feel so sorry for him because he’s such a nice guy, plays incredible tennis, I love watching his forehand go boom, straight past everyone.
I really hope and wish him the best to come back, I want to see more booming forehands and serves from him”. Lisicki, analyzing the difficult times she went through in the past, added: “When you lose matches, it’s always difficult.
The first two injuries were hard but I came back very well straight away, and the last injury when I came back I was struggling, so I think that was the biggest challenge because I’ve never been in a year without wins until June.
For me, it didn’t feel that way to be honest because in March, even though I didn’t play any tournaments, I played a lot of practice matches and I won them. And I played Bundesliga and I won some matches. So for me, it didn’t feel that negative thankfully but on paper, I did have very tough draws.
It certainly didn’t help when you’re a bit rusty and don’t have that much confidence. But those struggles, I believe that when you work hard, it does pay off eventually, that’s what I strongly believe in and all those struggles make you stronger in the end”.