German tennis player Sabine Lisicki gave an interview to Tennis Magazine, where she explained how difficult it was for her to overcome the battle against mononucleosis. The finalist at Wimbledon 2013 confesses that she really wants to come back to play in the most important tournaments on the WTA Tour.
She said: "It was a bit difficult to get back to normal life. Right now I feel good. It's been almost two months since the last game I played on the Tour. It is very difficult to stand still for so long. 2020 was a bit of a complicated year due to the coronavirus.
Can't complain completely, as I've been with my family a long time. In a pandemic like this, the most important thing is to stay healthy." Lisicki decided to resume training at the Nick Bollettieri Academy: "There are now 60 hard courts.
You can train outdoors all year round, even in December and January. That's why I decided to prepare here for the start of the season. In these structures you can find any type of player: left-handed, right-handed, someone who plays very offensive, others who are more defensive.
Here I can prepare myself optimally."
Sabine Lisicki and her battle against mononucleosis
About the battle against mononucleosis she said: "We went to see several doctors between the months of April and August.
Before Wimbledon I was hospitalized because I was very ill. Heart muscle inflammation, among others, was ruled out. I still don't know how I was able to play three qualifying matches under these conditions. After that tournament, I knew something was wrong.
An immunology doctor did multiple tests and found mononucleosis. When I heard the news, I thought about Soderling or Ancic, who had to retire for this. I was very scared. I'm not someone who sits at home on the couch watching life go by.
Gradually I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. At first, I worked out for 15 minutes twice a week. Gradually I felt better. The other surgical injuries didn't matter much to me, because sooner or later you end up recovering, but situations like this are more complicated.
After everything that has happened to me, I still have a good ranking despite not having played much during this year. I am convinced that if I manage to improve I will play the best tournaments on the circuit," She concluded.