Teen Lisicki Upends Wozniacki for WTA Charleston Title
Posted on April 19, 2009
Unheralded 19-year-old Sabine Lisicki slammed nine aces en route to denying 18-year-old Caroline Wozniacki a second straight WTA Tour title, beating the Dane 6-2, 6-4 for the championship at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston.
Lisicki of Germany took home her career-first WTA title and a paycheck of $187,815. Wozniacki was trying to duplicate her effort of last week when she lifted the trophy at the MPS Group Championships in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Lisicki is the lowest ranked player ever to win the Family Circle Cup at No. 63 (formerly Iva Majoli, No. 58 in 2002) on the WTA Tour Rankings, and will rise to a career-high No. 43 on Monday.
Earlier in the week the German upended Venus Williams, knocking out the elder Williams sister in another big-serving display.
"She's just a great champion. I still can't really believe I won," Lisicki said after the win. "It's one of my biggest wins. I think my win against Lindsay Davenport was really big as well, representing my country and beating her in my very first Fed Cup experience. But beating Venus Williams here was just awesome."
Wozniacki fought off five match points before Lisicki finally closed it out over the weary Dane, who won a nearly-three-hour semifinal over top seed Elena Dementieva on Saturday.
"I wasn't moving well today like I have been in other tournaments, but Sabine was playing really well, attacking and not making a lot of errors. It was tough for me today," Wozniacki said. "Sabine played really well. Congratulations to her."
The American/Russian pairing of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Nadia Petrova won the doubles title, saving three match points in beating the unseeded team of Liga Dekmeijere and Patty Schnyder 6-7(5), 6-2, 11-9.