Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki’s return from injury has had a major setback after being diagnosed with mononucleosis. "I played matches, I was playing tournaments, but I didn't know what was going on," Sabine Lisicki said.
"I just felt like I was weak and I didn't know why because I did put in the practice, but everything was so hard”. She further added, “I felt that something isn't right because my mind is there but my body wasn't following it.
I was shocked when [the doctors] told me because I didn't expect that. You always hear about it and a lot of athletes have it, especially in the young ages, but I never thought I would get it one day too”. “I guess I should be happy that they finally found out what's going on, because I haven't been feeling well for quite a while.
So they kept digging and finally found out what's happening and why I'm feeling weak”. "It makes me really sad because I want to play. There's nothing I want more than to be out on the court and playing, but obviously when I'm healthy and I have energy and not running on a low tank."
Though she has not had much success on court, overcoming her battle against mononucleosis has been a big win for the German. "That's why I was so happy," Lisicki said. "Nothing was hurting, my body was fine”.
"At the beginning [when I started to feel symptoms], I thought maybe I'm not fit enough yet, because if you feel weak in a match that's the first thing you're thinking. I'm not the person who says oh, I'm sick, let's take the time off.
I think ok, what can I do better. “We spoke to my team. It hasn't been easy because then you try and push yourself mentally. The mental part was right there. I wanted it. But the body wasn't there. Well, the body was, but the tank was not”.
She ended by saying, "But I definitely can't wait to be back on the court again. That's what I'm thinking about. There's nothing more that I want more."